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, evidence-based form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Developed by Dr. David Burns of Stanford University, TEAM-CBT is powerful and precise, helping people achieve faster results in fewer sessions. In addition, Laura uses Relational Life Therapy, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion techniques. To expedite healing Laura also uses a form of Narrative Therapy: "An essential question, then, is how our stories are conceived... how we wrest a narrative from our disordered surroundings." (David Kessler, MD)
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, and families in a variety of mental healthcare settings. Whether individually or in a group setting, Laura works collaboratively with clients, helping them address anxiety, depression, troublesome habits and addictions, or relationship issues.
Beyond Overeating® workshops help women and men struggling with binge eating disorder, emotional eating, food addiction, weight loss and maintenance. Topics include recognizing triggers at home and in the workplace, family dynamics, breaking the binge cycle, abstinence vs. moderation, and healthy satiation skills.
Writer / Blogger
An award-winning writer, Laura holds a Master of Professional Writing from USC as well as a Master of Psychology. Published widely, she writes frequently about the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment. Her most recent articles can be found at PsychAlive.org where she's a blogger/contributor.
Los Angeles Times
Santa Barbara News Press
Santa Barbara Independent
Santa Barbara Magazine
San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner
Contra Costa Times
Bay Area Parents