Laura Hout is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified TEAM-CBT Therapist. She assists clients struggling with anxiety, depression, couples' and relationship issues, as well as a legacy of trauma or addiction in the family of origin. In particular she assists men and women struggling with Binge Eating Disorder, emotional eating and junk food addiction.
People seek assistance because of behaviors they see as the problem, but often these behaviors helped them survive the problem. Emotional eating is a way of coping with anxiety, stress, relationship issues, and we must understand why we turn to food, drugs or other destructive behaviors. But there's more to the story. People often ask, “Is there such a thing as Food Addiction?” and the answer is “Yes!" Highly processed junk food can be addictive. (Does anyone ever binge on carrot sticks?) Brain scans show us that hyper-palatable foods, loaded with sugar, fat and salt, produce cravings just like addicts describe. Repeated dieting can lead to Binge Eating Disorder, which creates its own vicious cycle.
Years of treating clients in eating disorders centers, mental health clinics and substance abuse treatment programs led Laura to create Beyond Overeating Workshops. Using psychology, neuroscience and nutrition concepts, she helps men and women break the binge cycle and live happier, healthier lives.
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Laura Hout is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, certified in TEAM-CBT, who helps people struggling with anxiety, depression and relationship issues. She specializes in treating binge eating disorder, emotional eating and junk food addiction. She's worked in community agencies, eating disorder programs and substance abuse treatment centers, and helps clients set achievable goals, learn new skills, and build on existing resiliencies.
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.
Speaker & Writer
Laura Hout is an energetic speaker who never fails to engage her audience. Having struggled herself, she understands the challenges her clients face, including a legacy of trauma or addiction in the family of origin. An outspoken advocate for healthier foods and relationships, she's written articles about the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment. Humor, life experience and expertise help her connect in meaningful, lasting ways.
Los Angeles Times
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Santa Barbara Independent
Santa Barbara Magazine
San Francisco Chronicle/Examiner
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