Are you Anxious? Depressed? Have Panic Attacks? Or Fear Flying?
If eligible, Carla Mannino, founder of Gotham Psychotherapy, can provide you with an Emotional Support Animal prescription letter to allow your dog or cat access to “no pet” residences and airplanes.

Who Qualifies for an Emotional Support Animal Prescription Letter?
An individual who is considered emotionally disabled by a licensed mental health professional (therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.). As a result of this disability, the individual has certain limitations regarding coping with their symptoms that substantially limits one or more of their major life activities. In order to help alleviate these difficulties, Carla will prescribe an emotional support therapy dog or cat to help the individual live independently in their home, and/or for therapeutic companionship during airplane flights.

What Does the Emotional Support Animal Prescription Letter Qualification Process Entail?
The Emotional Support Animal prescription letter qualification process requires one 45-minute mental health evaluation session (either in-person, or via telephone). During this evaluation, Carla will obtain detailed information about an individual’s difficulties in order to make an accurate diagnosis, and to determine if the individual qualifies for an Emotional Support Animal prescription letter.

What is an Emotional Support Animal?
An emotional support animal is not a pet. It is a companion dog or cat that provides therapeutic benefit to an individual with a mental or psychiatric disability.

Emotional support animals are protected under the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). The FHAA prevents landlord and homeowner associations from restricting your emotional support animal from living with you, even when there is a no pet policy in place. The ACCAA protects individuals by allowing an emotional support animal to fly with them in the cabin of an airplane, without having to pay any additional fees.

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