A SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS:
While Emotional Support Animals are NOT protected under the ADA, I receive a number of requests for approval. I do not approve animals, as I am not an animal expert, but identify that someone does or does not qualify and would benefit from the support of a psychiatric service animal.
Though the ADA does not offer detailed guidelines, I would like to stay within the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and require that a client has an ongoing psychiatric diagnosis (such as PTSD, Recurrent Major Depression, or Generalized Anxiety Disorder), and that their animal is specifically trained to provide a specific service related to that diagnosis which positively impacts their daily functioning. Additionally, I require that clients:
1) are otherwise actively working to manage their symptoms, which would include ongoing services with a mental health professional.
2) sign a statement that they will only use an animal that has passed the highest level of training by a designated service animal trainer to perform specific duties related to the symptoms related to the mental health diagnosis.
These requirements specifically differentiate this animal from a protection animal or pet, and do not guarantee approval. These requirements are designed to protect the rights of others whose life may depend on these animals for their health and well-being. Thank-you!
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”― Theodore Roosevelt
Other therapists, who work with me at my address, but not under the name of Great Plains Counseling:
Vicki Holoubeck, LIMHP: 402.880.9453 Christina Broekemeier, LIMHP: 402.350.1968
Ida-Marie Hebrank, LIMHP, LCSW, LADAC: 402.541.9698 Vickie DeBuhr, LMHP: 402.660.6400
Molly Petersen, APRN, Kim Camp-Grimit, APRN: (402) 281-9304 (med management/psychiatric nurse practitioners)
If a collaborative approach is helpful in your situation, a consent to release information must be signed by you in order for us to
communicate with another professional about you. We welcome this opportunity to provide you the highest level of professional service.
Great Plains Counseling, LLC 1406 Fort Crook Road South, Suite 401 Bellevue, NE 68005 402.292.7712