Laura Hout is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who helps people struggling with anxiety, depression, relationships, binge eating, emotional eating, 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-day problems and family-of-origin issues; having struggled herself Laura understands how behaviors that once soothed can become problems unto themselves.
Laura uses an innovative, evidence-based form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy called TEAM-CBT, developed by Dr. David Burns of Stanford University. Powerful and precise, TEAM-CBT helps clients achieve faster results in fewer sessions. In addition, Laura utilizes Relational Life Therapy (RLT), Mindfulness and Self-Compassion techniques.
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 support each other as they learn to break the binge cycle.
“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. She writes frequently about the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment and serves on the Clinical Editorial Council for The Therapist (journal of CAMFT).
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