Laura Hout

Do you struggle with food cravings, have “good” days and “bad” days, or wonder why you can’t maintain your weight? You’re not alone! At least 75% of Americans are overweight or obese. What is going on? Why are millions of us overeating? How can we stop?

Emotional eating is a way of coping with stress, anxiety, PTSD, mood swings, and to overcome it we must know 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 a resounding “Yes!” For many people, chemically adulterated junk food can be addictive. (Does anyone ever binge on carrot sticks?) Brain scans show us that hyper-palatable foods, overloaded with sugar, produce cravings just like alcoholics and drug addicts describe. The problem is we can't abstain from food. And junk food is everywhere: the workplace, schools, supermarkets, TV/Internet/print ads, restaurants, social events, churches, etc.

Repeated dieting can lead to Binge Eating Disorder (BED) – having struggled herself – Laura understands how behaviors that once soothed can become problems unto themselves. Recognized in 2013, BED is influenced by adverse childhood experiences, obesogenic environments, genetics, relational stressors and cultural factors. As such, there's no one-size-fits-all solution. Using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), coaching, neuroscience and nutrition concepts, Beyond Overeating principles help people break the binge cycle and live happier, healthier lives.

“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."

~ Goethe

Counseling & Coaching

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 Workshops

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 via video meetings (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 / Workshop Leader / 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 fiction writer, at USC she interned for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles. She writes about the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment and is an outspoken advocate for healthier foods and relationships.

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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