Can Emotional Support Animals Help?


Bianca Hernandez, patient, Miami.

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Prairie Conlon, licensed professional counselor, national certified counselor, clinical director, CertaPet, Dallas.

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Professional Psychology Research and Practice: “Examining Emotional Support Animals and Role Conflicts in Professional Psychology.”

Frontiers in Psychology: “Psychosocial and Psychophysiological Effects of Human-Animal Interactions: The Possible Role of Oxytocin.”

AERA Open: “Animal Visitation Program (AVP) Reduces Cortisol Levels of University Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Mental Health America: “How Do I Get an Emotional Support Animal?”

U.S. Department of Transportation: “Traveling by Air with Service Animals,” “U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Final Rule on Traveling by Air with Service Animals.”

Susie Aga, certified dog trainer and behaviorist, owner, Atlanta Pet Trainer, Atlanta.

American Veterinary Medical Association: “Service, emotional support and therapy animals.”

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