Laura Hout

Laura Hout is a certified TEAM-CBT therapist who helps people struggling anxiety, depression, relationship issues and compulsive behaviors. She specializes in helping men and women struggling with binge eating disorder (BED), emotional eating, junk food addiction and weight loss. Often, but not always, this means addressing a legacy of trauma or addiction in one's family of origin and/or early life experiences. In addition, it means learning how to navigate today's increasingly obesogenic environment.

Using methods from TEAM-CBT, Mindfulness/Self-Compassion skills, and Relational Life Therapy®, Laura helps clients set achievable goals, practice new skills, and build on existing resiliencies. She is also a published writer, and often uses narratives via fiction, film and memoir, to help expedite her clients’ insights.


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

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

~ Goethe


Laura has helped families, couples and individuals in community settings and private practice — she also offers video sessions — empowering clients to lead happier, healthier lives. “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 hustle for our worthiness by constantly performing, perfecting, pleasing, and proving.” ~ Brene Brown

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Beyond Overeating®

For those struggling with overeating but not seeking in-depth psychotherapy, Beyond Overeating® Workshops are ideal. Participants explore why they're overeating, and develop real-world skills for achieving improved health, weight loss and healthy maintenance. Workshops are held both in person and online to increase convenience and accessibility. Workshop attendees who wish to explore deeper life issues receive a discount on psychotherapy.

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Speaker & Writer

Laura Hout is a dynamic, energetic speaker who never fails to engage her audience. Having struggled herself, Laura understands the challenges her clients face, including a legacy of trauma or addiction in the family of origin. An outspoken advocate for healthier relationships and lifestyles, she also writes articles about living in an obesogenic environment. Humor, life experience and expertise help her connect with others in meaningful, lasting ways.

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Published In:

Los Angeles Times

The Therapist

Santa Barbara News Press

Santa Barbara Independent

Santa Barbara Magazine

San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner


Contra Costa Times

Diablo Magazine

Bay Area Parents