My flat-fee is affordable ($78) and all inclusive for 1 year. My fee is half of what others charge, and I keep the cost low so that most people have access to the help they need. Also, because each landlord has their own process, form, letter, and communication preference, I make sure all steps are successful for your Emotional Support Animal or Service Animal. I am also easy to get a hold of personally via email, call, or text. In addition to helping people with ESAs and Service Dogs, I see individuals for other mental health needs at my counseling practice, Texas Strengths Based Counseling.
Miki Tesh, PhD, LCSW, LMHP
I received my PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, School of Social Work, where I also taught social work clinical practice (including the benefits of animal assisted therapy). I have been working with clients since 1995 and currently have a private practice in Austin, TX where I see ongoing clients for depression, anxiety, trauma, and other mental health and medical issues. I currently focus on animal therapy and trauma informed counseling. In 2015 I designed the Paws Up animal therapy program concept, piloted at Lifeworks in Austin, and implemented through the Workforce Division and Lifeworks clinical field program. In addition to teaching at the The University of Texas at Austin, I have taught social work clinical and policy practice at St. Edward's University and Our Lady of the Lakes University in San Antonio. I enjoy teaching about the benefits of animals and animal therapy having a therapeutic effect on vulnerable populations. Likewise, I have also worked for Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender (PASS) at Austin Pets Alive!, finding more compassionate solutions for people experiencing hardships that affect their ability to live with their beloved animal. For fun, I enjoy hiking with my dog daily, practicing mindful living, helping animal rescues, and discussing independent art films and shows with friends. * My clinical license to practice in TX (LCSW license # 53341) can be viewed as active at this Texas state link