Laura Hout is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who helps people struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, binge eating disorder, food addiction and weight loss. She also helps people overcoming a legacy of trauma, addiction, or mental illness in the family of origin. Often there’s a link between present problems and prior challenges; having struggled herself, Laura understands how behaviors that once soothed can become problems unto themselves.
Laura is a Certified TEAM-CBT Therapist, an innovative form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy developed by Dr. David Burns of Stanford University. TEAM-CBT is powerful and precise, designed to help people achieve faster results in fewer sessions. In addition, Laura uses Relational Life Therapy, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion techniques.
A published writer, Laura also embraces the stories of others, via memoirs, fiction and film, to help clients explore their own stories. As Dr. David Kessler notes: “an essential question, then, is how our stories are conceived... how we wrest a narrative from our disordered surroundings.”
Clients often ask, “Is there such a thing as Food Addiction?” and the answer is a resounding “Yes!” Laura developed Beyond Overeating Workshops® to help women and men break the binge cycle and lead healthier, fulfilling lives.
“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher
Laura has extensive clinical experience counseling individuals, couples, families and groups in a variety of mental healthcare settings. In many ways, she is a collaborator who helps clients find their True North. As Brene Brown says: “If we spend a lifetime trying to distance ourselves from parts of our lives that don’t fit who we think we’re supposed to be, we stand outside of our story and have to hustle for our worthiness by constantly performing, perfecting, pleasing, and proving.”
Beyond Overeating® workshops help people struggling with binge eating, emotional eating, food addiction and weight loss. Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. An estimated 30% to 40% of those seeking weight loss treatments can be clinically diagnosed with binge eating disorder. BED affects three times the number of those diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia combined. It is more prevalent than breast cancer, HIV, and schizophrenia. (source: BEDA)
Writer / Blogger
An award-winning writer, Laura holds a Master of Professional Writing from USC as well as a Master of Psychology. She's won top awards in fiction writing and began songwriting in her teens. Published widely, Laura writes frequently about the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment. Some of her recent articles can be found at PsychAlive.org where she's a blogger/contributor.
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