Laura Hout

Laura Hout is a certified TEAM-CBT therapist who helps people struggling anxiety, depression, relationship issues and life transitions. She also assists people overcoming a legacy of trauma, addiction or mental illness in the family of origin. Understanding the impact of one's early life experiences on present behaviors – in both personal and professional relationships – is a prime goal of therapy. Laura also specializes in treating men and women struggling with emotional eating, binge eating disorder (BED), junk food addiction and weight loss.

Using methods from TEAM-CBT, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion skills and Relational Life Therapy®, Laura helps clients identify achievable goals and build on resiliencies. A published writer, she 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 various settings as a psychotherapist. As a workshop leader, she empowers clients to lead happier, healthier lives. As Brene Brown says, “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 have to hustle for our worthiness by constantly performing, perfecting, pleasing, and proving.”

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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, satiation, weight loss, and healthy maintenance. Workshops are held both in person and online to increase convenience and accessibility. Workshop attendees who want to explore deeper life issues receive a discount on psychotherapy.

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Speaker & Writer

Laura Hout holds a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California as well as a Master of Psychology in Marriage and Family Therapy. An award-winning vocalist and writer, she interned for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. She's an outspoken advocate for healthier foods and relationships, and writes about the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment.

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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