Compulsive Behaviors

Equine Facilitated Therapy – A Unique Path to Managing Compulsive Behaviors

In the heart of Las Vegas, forge a powerful connection with horses through Equine Facilitated Therapy with Healing Hooves. Equine Facilitated Therapy goes beyond traditional talk therapy, offering a powerful connection with horses to help individuals struggling with compulsive behaviors.

Understanding Compulsive Behaviors

Compulsive behaviors are repetitive actions or urges that can be difficult to control. They often stem from anxiety, stress, or a desire for comfort or control. Common examples include:

  • Skin picking (trichotillomania)
  • Hair pulling
  • Nail biting
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Eating disorders

These behaviors can significantly impact daily life, causing distress and hindering relationships. Traditional therapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication, can be highly effective. However, for some individuals, a different approach might be needed.

Enter Equine Facilitated Therapy

EFT is an experiential therapy that utilizes the unique bond between humans and horses to facilitate emotional growth and self-discovery. Unlike traditional therapy where patients might discuss their problems with a therapist, EFT focuses on building a connection with a horse through groundwork activities, grooming, and even spending time simply observing the horse’s behavior.

Why Horses?

Horses are large, powerful creatures with an innate ability to sense and respond to human emotions. They are non-judgmental and offer a safe space for individuals to express themselves authentically. Here’s how horses contribute to the effectiveness of EFT for compulsive behaviors:

  • Mindfulness and Present Moment Focus: Horses exist in the present moment. Interacting with them requires focus and awareness of body language, mirroring the type of mindfulness needed to resist compulsive urges.
  • Building Self-Confidence and Compassion: Learning to care for and lead a horse fosters a sense of accomplishment and responsibility, boosting self-esteem. Additionally, horses’ gentle nature cultivates compassion, a crucial element in self-acceptance and managing compulsions.
  • Improved Communication and Non-Verbal Cues: Horses communicate primarily through body language. Working with them requires individuals to be more attuned to non-verbal cues, a skill crucial for understanding their own emotional triggers and responding appropriately.
  • Developing Boundaries and Respect: Establishing boundaries is crucial for a healthy relationship with a horse. This translates into everyday life, helping individuals set healthy boundaries and reduce the need for compulsive behaviors to feel in control.

Healing Hooves Therapy: Your Partner in Equine-Assisted Recovery

Healing Hooves Therapy, located in Las Vegas, Nevada, provides a compassionate and personalized EFT experience for individuals struggling with compulsive behaviors. Their program is designed to complement traditional therapy, offering a unique and effective approach.

What to Expect at Healing Hooves Therapy

The EFT program at Healing Hooves is tailored to individual needs. Here’s a general overview of what you might experience:

  • Initial Assessment: A therapist will meet with you to understand your challenges and goals, assess your suitability for EFT, and develop a personalized treatment plan.
  • Groundwork Activities: You’ll learn to interact with the horses on the ground, building trust and communication through grooming, leading, and basic commands.
  • Equine-Assisted Activities: These activities are designed to target specific challenges related to compulsive behaviors. They might involve setting boundaries with the horse, practicing mindfulness while in the horse’s presence, or addressing anxieties related to control.
  • Reflection and Processing: Throughout the program, your therapist will guide you in reflecting on your experiences with the horses and how they relate to managing your compulsions. They will help you develop coping mechanisms and relapse prevention strategies.

Benefits of EFT with Healing Hooves Therapy

Studies have shown that EFT can be effective in managing compulsive behaviors. Here are some potential benefits you might experience with Healing Hooves Therapy:

  • Reduced Compulsive Urges and Behaviors
  • Improved Self-Awareness and Emotional Regulation
  • Enhanced Communication Skills
  • Increased Confidence and Self-Esteem
  • Development of Healthy Coping Mechanisms
  • Greater Sense of Calm and Relaxation

Beyond the Benefits: The Healing Hooves Difference

Healing Hooves Therapy goes beyond simply offering EFT. Here’s what sets them apart:

  • Experienced Therapists: Their team comprises licensed therapists trained in EFT and have a deep understanding of compulsive behaviors.
  • Compassionate Approach: They create a safe and supportive environment where individuals feel comfortable exploring their challenges.
  • Focus on Individual Needs: Each program is tailored to the specific needs and goals of each client.
  • Safety and Well-being: The horses at Healing Hooves are carefully selected and well-trained, ensuring a safe and positive experience.

Breaking Free from Compulsions: Your Journey Begins Here

Compulsive behaviors can feel overwhelming and isolating. If you’re struggling, know that you’re not alone. Healing Hooves Therapy offers a unique and powerful approach to help you manage your compulsions and reclaim control of your life.

Taking the First Step

If you’re interested in learning more about EFT and how Healing Hooves Therapy can help, here are some resources:

  • Contact Healing Hooves Therapy: Schedule a consultation to discuss your specific needs and suitability for EFT.
  • Website: Visit their website for detailed information about their program, team, and frequently asked questions.


The human-horse connection holds immense potential for emotional healing. Equine Facilitated Therapy offers a unique and empowering approach to managing compulsive behaviors. By combining the expertise of therapists with the wisdom of these majestic animals, Healing Hooves Therapy provides a safe and supportive environment for individuals to break free from compulsive tendencies and find lasting peace.

If you’re ready to explore a new path to healing, consider reaching out to Healing Hooves Therapy. You might be surprised by the strength and resilience you discover within yourself, with the help of a gentle nudge from a four-legged partner.

Healing Hooves can be reached at [email protected] or 702-515-4015.