RJimenez Counseling has been working with people with disabilities for more than 20 years.
Emotional Support Animal & Psychiatric Service Dog Evaluations, alternative therapy services and psychoeducational services!
Pet Therapy & Psychoeducational Services
At Rjimenez Counseling, we offer Pet Therapy (PT) and Pet Therapy Education (PTE). Our program evaluates and treats patients using animals as a vital part of the treatment process.
Pet therapy aims to enhance human physical, social, emotional, and cognitive functions. The PT and PTE may be provided in different settings, individually or in groups, in person, or via telehealth.
Differences between therapy dogs, emotional support animals, psychiatric service dogs, and service dogs:
A therapy dog is a trained pet that provides emotional support to individuals or groups of people. They do not have any public access rights, as they are not classified as service dogs and do not perform specific tasks.
Emotional support animals also comfort their owners and others but are not trained for specific functions. They do not have public access rights either.
The ESA aims to alleviate one or more identified symptoms or effects of an individual’s disability. The client with the disability should have an established relationship with a mental health provider before being prescribed an ESA. The client should receive treatment (therapy, medication, or both) in addition to the ESA.
To qualify as a service dog under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the owner must have a disability that requires the help of a service dog. The dog must be trained to serve the person with the disability and mitigate their loss of function. The dog must also be considered essential by the owner.
Psychiatric service dogs help owners with mental illness or conditions, but the owner must be considered disabled. The dog must be trained to alleviate at least one of the sources of loss of functioning for the owner, such as OCD habits or social fears and anxieties.
Session Fee $135
Dr. Roberto Jimenez was a God send! He went out of his way to help me through my diagnosis and assisted me when things started going terribly wrong with my ESA animals and my landlord. I began overstressing everything. Dr. Jimenez helped me with my diagnosis and immediately went to my defense. He even went as far as to reach out to me to let me know every step he made on the issue. It helped calm my anxiety which was enhanced by the whole situation. He made sure I was properly represented and that things were made right. If you are looking for a fantastic doctor and someone who makes a point to show he's there for his patients, I highly recommend Dr. Roberto Jimenez. I can finally put this home search behind me and enjoy my decision to move there. Thank you so much!
- ESA Client