Laura Hout

Laura Hout with DogLaura Hout holds a Master of Arts in Psychology (MA), as well as a Master of Professional Writing (MPW) from the University of Southern California. Published widely, she writes frequently about the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment. She founded Beyond Overeating® group workshops to assist men and women struggling with binge eating disorder and weight loss.

There is an alchemy in coming together and sharing insights and compassion - righting and rewriting the legacy of difficult circumstances. Along with traditional therapy, Laura often uses "narratives" - the stories of others - to assist clients in healing. Those who embark on this journey find strength shoulder-to-shoulder, until they are able to walk their true path alone.

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it." ~ Goethe

 

Treatment Modalities and Training

Professional Experience

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #85841
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern at:
  • CALM (Child Abuse Listening & Mediation) - 2012 - 2014
  • Full Spectrum Recovery & Counseling - 2013 - 2014
  • Central Coast Treatment Center - 2012 - 2013
  • New Beginnings Counseling Center - 2011 - 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • CAMFT – California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
  • SB-CAMFT – California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (Santa Barbara chapter)
  • BEDA – Binge Eating Disorder Association
  • PsychAlive.org - Author/Blogger

Awards and Honors 

  • Magna Cum Laude  – California Southern University
  • First Place - Fiction - Southern California Writers Conference
  • First Place - Womens' Fiction - Santa Barbara Writers Conference
  • Second Place - Mysteries - Santa Barbara Writers Conference
  • Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Intern - Writers Assistant

Additional Activities

  • Using Literature to Assist Trauma Narrative - presented to CALM Clinical staff - 2014
  • Clinical Editorial Council  - The Therapist - CAMFT - 2014 - 2017
  • Marketing Chair - Central Coast Chapter/International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals - 2012 - 2014

Education

  • Master of Arts in Psychology – California Southern University, Irvine, CA, January 2012
  • Master of Professional Writing – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, May 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanities – Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. May 1985