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Emotional Support Animals

The ESA Request

The following story is a culmination of the various requests I’ve had over the years, not one specific person, or animal, and the details are changed to protect the identity of the clients.

… He matches the soft breaths of the animal and slows down his …

He comes to me, obviously nervous.  A referral from his trauma-informed therapist. His voice is shaking, and he sweats.  He clutches a letter he’s prepared. I try to make him as comfortable as I can, but this poor young man looks terrified. I ask why he’s here, and he begins to tell me of the most horrific trauma he endured.  He sweats more, and he can barely look me in the eye, afraid to cry.  He can hardly get the words out, “I don’t want medications” he says almost apologetically, “I am doing so good with therapy, I can get through this, but the panic attacks happen almost every day.” He opens the letter, his hands trembling as he reads how having his cat has saved his life.  And it is no exaggeration.

He says that when he is reminded of the trauma, the re-living starts to happen, and then the subsequent panic comes on. His heart is racing, he cannot think, feels like he’s not in his body, and that he will faint. There are times he even thinks, “I can’t live like this anymore.” So, he lays down, he practices ‘grounding’- feeling the floor beneath him, and his sweet kitty comes and lays on his stomach. He matches the soft breaths of the animal and slows down his.  He feels the light weight of kitty on his stomach, which also stops it from spinning. He comes back to the room and spends a moment in cuddles and is then able to continue his day. His cat keeps him working, keeps him sleeping, and helps with grounding.

ESA Letters

When doing a letter for an emotional support animal (ESA), we make sure they are for people with a mental health diagnosis.  We ensure the owner understands they are responsible for picking a safe animal.  We make assess that the person knows and can clean, train, and care for their ESA, and most importantly, keep the animal safe around others.

Animals are an essential part of many people’s mental health recovery.

We include all paperwork you should need with your visit.  If your therapist is not comfortable filling out ESA paperwork, or you need additional supporting documentation, we can get that for you.  Paperwork is filled out and sent within 24 hours of your visit.


Welcome Back, College Students!

You only have a limited time when you’re back in town. With your Vyvanse, you can keep on task, concentrate, and get through the coursework, but you keep running out of your medications at school.

How am I supposed to get to an office when I’m in class all day, plus clubs, sorority, work, and sports?

Do I really have to come in for an office visit when my dose doesn’t ever change?


You take Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin, or another stimulant for ADHD or ADD, but find it challenging to keep taking time out of your busy life to get to an office every month. You take off work or class, sit in traffic, wait in a crowded waiting room, just for a brief visit to refill the same medication. That ten-minute appointment now turned into an hour or longer chunk of your day, wasting your already limited time.  Now, after one in-person visit, the follow up visits are done using an app similar to Skype or FaceTime for that visit.

Picture, you’re down to your last few tabs, you pop online and make an appointment that week, on your lunch break, that evening, or weekend. Prescriptions are sent right to your pharmacy, no handing in papers, just show up to the pharmacy when it’s ready.

Welcome to the convenience of TelePsychiatry. In this innovative psychiatry practice, after one in-person visit in Illinois, we can do your monthly visits from your phone in your dorm, car (not driving, of course), office, anywhere you are located.

On your Thanksgiving or Christmas break, you can take a trip out to our Bloomingdale, IL office, where we do a full psychiatric evaluation. After that, you can conveniently self-schedule in advance or even at the last minute. You may text me in between visits for any concerns or questions about your medications.

After the initial visit, the ADHD visits are $99 monthly.

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