Laura Hout

Laura Hout is a certified TEAM-CBT therapist who helps people struggling anxiety, depression, relationship issues and unwanted behaviors. She specializes in helping men and women struggling with binge eating disorder, emotional eating, junk food addiction and weight loss. For many, this includes addressing a legacy of trauma or addiction in the family of origin, and/or a history of being bullied, facing excessive academic or athletic demands, perfectionism, procrastination, etc.

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. In addition, clients learn strategies to navigate successfully in today's obesogenic environment.

A published writer, Laura often uses narratives, via fiction, film and memoir, to help clients explore issues and gain additional 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, eliciting insight and 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