Gotham Psychotherpary - Emotional Support Animal Letters - New York, NY
ARE YOU ANXIOUS? DEPRESSED? HAVE PANIC ATTACKS? OR FEAR FLYING?
You may be eligible for an emotional support animal letter to allow your dog or cat access to “no pet” residences and airplanes.
WHAT IS AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL?
An emotional support animal is not a pet. It is a companion animal that provides therapeutic benefit to an individual with a psychiatric disability. These animals do not have to be professionally trained to perform a particular task but must be trained to behave appropriately in a public setting.
Emotional support animals are protected under the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). The FHAA prevents landlords and homeowner associations from restricting your emotional support animal from living with you, even when there is a no-pet policy in place. The ACAA 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.
WHO CAN BE EVALUATED FOR AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL LETTER?
Carla Mannino LCSW-R, CAS, CCTP, CAMS is licensed to practice within the following states: New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, California, and Massachusetts. Individuals who are 18 years or older, and live in one of the above-listed states, are eligible for an evaluation.
WHAT ARE THE NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL LETTER?
An individual who is considered emotionally disabled by a licensed mental health professional (therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.) is eligible for an emotional support animal letter. As a result of this disability, the individual has limitations when coping with their symptoms, substantially limiting one or more of their major life activities. In order to help alleviate these difficulties, the mental health professional will suggest 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 LETTER EVALUATION PROCESS ENTAIL?
The evaluation requires a mental health assessment. During this session, Carla will obtain detailed information about an individual’s difficulties in order to make an accurate diagnosis and determine if he or she qualifies for an emotional support animal letter.
HOW MANY EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS CAN I HAVE?
Carla assesses individuals for one emotional support animal, either a cat or a dog.
ARE THERE ANY BREED RESTRICTIONS?
Carla does not provide letters for the following aggressive breeds: American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, Akita Inu, Presa Canario, Tosa Inu, Mastiff, Gull Dong (Pakistani Bull Dog), Bandog, Chow Chow, Great Dane, Alaskan Malamute, Siberian Husky, Caucasian Ovcharka, and Wolf Hybrid.
ARE YOU A LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER?
Carla Mannino, LCSW-R, CAS, CCTP, CAMS is a New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, California, and Massachusetts state-licensed clinical social worker, and the founder of Gotham Psychotherapy. She specializes in integrative psychotherapy for individuals, couples, families, and groups.
WHAT IS THE CHARGE FOR AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL LETTER?
The charge for this service is $395. If you are eligible, you will receive an emotional support animal letter, educational materials, and any extended support services (required airline/housing paperwork, phone calls, emails, etc.) that you may need related to flying or living with your emotional support animal.
DOES MY EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL LETTER EXPIRE?
Your emotional support animal letter is valid for 12 months from the date of issue. Should you wish to have your letter renewed, you will need to contact Carla to be reevaluated. The cost to renew this letter is $150.
HOW DO I SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT?
To schedule an appointment, please call or text Carla at (212) 810-1724 or [email protected]
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE....
Please view my website at www.gothampsychotherapy.com.
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How do you serve precious pets?
- Other Pet Specialties
What part of the animal kingdom do you serve?
What licensing do you have?
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
On a scale of snail to elephant, what size animals do you work with?
- 20-39 lbs
- 40-79 lbs
- 80+ lbs
- under 20 lbs
Cat-astrophes happen! What is your cancellation policy?
Without pet parents, Petmasters wouldn't exist. What discount do you offer our dedicated members? (e.g. 20% off their first session, etc.)
Gotham Psychotherapy offers a $50.00 discount off its $395.00 price to Petmasters members. Please mention Petmasters when you call to schedule your evaluation appointment.
Which part of the country do you serve pets?
Carla is licensed to provide services in the following states: New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, California, and Massachusetts.
What year did you begin serving pets?
How did you hone your craft?
Carla holds a masters degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University. She has also been certified by The American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders as a Certified Addiction Specialist (alcohol, drug, eating, sex, and gambling), the International Association of Trauma Professionals as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and the National Anger Management Association as a Certified Anger Management Specialist. Carla maintains a full-time private practice in New York City, conveniently located The Chrysler Building in Manhattan.
What tip would you give pet parents for working with animals that you've learned as a pro?
While emotional support animals do not have to be professionally trained to perform a particular task, they must be trained to behave appropriately in a public setting.
What is one thing you want pet parents to know about you? It can be whatev-fur you'd like!
Emotional support animals are often used as part of a mental health treatment plan. They may reduce symptoms and help individuals live independently in their home, and/or for therapeutic companionship during airplane flights.