Beyond Overeating

Laura Hout is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified TEAM-CBT Therapist. She assists clients struggling with anxiety, depression and relationship issues, as well as a legacy of trauma, addiction, or mental illness in the family of origin. People seek assistance because of behaviors they see as the problem, but often these behaviors helped them survive the problem. It's important to understand the "why" on our journey to changing the "what."

In particular Laura assists men and women struggling with binge eating, emotional eating, junk food addiction, weight loss and maintenance. Emotional eating is a way of coping with stress and relationship conflicts, and we must understand why we turn to food. But there's more to the story (an obesogenic environment) and it affects 3/4 of the American population!

People often ask, "Is there such a thing as Food Addiction?" and the answer is “Yes!" Brain scans show us that hyper-palatable foods, loaded with sugar, fat and salt, produce cravings just like drug addicts describe. Yet repeated dieting can lead to Binge Eating Disorder, which creates its own vicious cycle. Years of helping 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, 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. Having worked in community agencies, eating disorder programs and substance abuse treatment centers, she helps clients set achievable goals, build on resiliencies and lead healthier lives.

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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, including weight loss and 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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Laura Hout is an energetic speaker who makes a point of engaging 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