Laura Hout is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Certified TEAM-CBT Therapist. She specializes in helping people overcome a legacy of trauma and addiction in their family of origin; in particular she assists men and women struggling with Binge Eating Disorder and junk food addiction. She believes that the roots of addictions and compulsions are the same, neither genetic nor moral, but instead the result of human development gone awry. In addition, we live in an obesogenic environment where 3/4 of the U.S. population is now overweight or obese. Her passion for helping men and women struggling with overeating as a way to cope with anxiety, depression, isolation and the pain of past experiences (and/or a lack of knowledge about "addictive" foods) led her to create Beyond Overeating® workshops.

Do you struggle with food cravings, have good days and bad days, and wonder why you can’t maintain your weight? You’re not alone! 75% of Americans are overweight or obese. What is going on? Why are millions of us overeating? Emotional eating is a way of coping with stress, anxiety, difficult relationships, and we must learn why we “soothe” with food. But there’s more to the story. People often ask, “Is there such a thing as Food Addiction?” and the answer is “Yes!" Chemically 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 – having struggled herself – Laura understands the frustration her clients feel. Using counseling, neuroscience and nutrition concepts, Laura 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.

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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 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.

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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