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 alchemy in coming together and sharing insights and compassion - righting and rewriting the legacy of difficult childhoods. Along with traditional therapy, Laura uses "narratives" - the stories of others - to assist clients in their journey. Those who embark on this quest find strength shoulder-to-shoulder, sharing stories with others, learning to prevail.

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

~ Goethe


Treatment Modalities and Training

  • Certified TEAM-CBT Therapist – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (developed by David Burns, MD)
  • Relational Life Therapy – Couples/Family Systems (developed by Terry Real, LCSW)
  • Mindfulness/Self Compassion Core Skills training (developed by Kristin Neff Ph.D and Christopher Germer, MD)
  • Narrative Therapy - using psychology, fiction and memoir to help understand your "story"

Professional Experience

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT #85841
  • LMFT Registered Intern at community agencies, treatment centers and private practices, including:
  • CALM (Child Abuse Listening & Mediation) - 2012 to 2014
  • Full Spectrum Recovery & Counseling - 2013 to 2014
  • Central Coast Treatment Center - 2012 to 2013
  • New Beginnings Counseling Center - 2011 to 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
  • - 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

  • Writer/Blogger for
  • Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Response Team
  • Using Literature to Assist Trauma Narrative - presented to CALM Clinical staff - 2014
  • Clinical Editorial Council  - The Therapist - California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists - 2014 to 2017
  • Marketing Chair - International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals/Central Coast - 2012 to 2014


  • 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