Laura Hout

Laura Hout is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who helps people struggling with binge eating disorder, food addiction, weight loss, anxiety, depression or relationship issues. She also helps people overcoming a legacy of trauma, addiction, or mental illness in the family of origin. Often there’s a link between present problems and prior challenges; having struggled herself, Laura understands how behaviors that once soothed can become problems unto themselves.

Laura is a Certified TEAM-CBT Therapist, an innovative form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy developed by Dr. David Burns of Stanford University. TEAM-CBT is powerful and precise, designed to help people achieve faster results in fewer sessions. In addition, Laura employs Family Systems, RLT, Mindfulness and Self-Compassion techniques, depending on clients' needs.

As well as being a therapist, Laura is also a published writer; she embraces memoirs, fiction and film as a way to help clients examine the forces that formed them. As Dr. David Kessler says, “An essential question, then, is how our stories are conceived... how we wrest a narrative from our disordered surroundings.”

Clients often ask, “Is there such a thing as [Junk] Food Addiction?” and the answer is a resounding “Yes!” In 2011 Laura developed Beyond Overeating Workshops® to help women and men break the binge cycle and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.


“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher


Laura has counseled individuals, couples, families and groups in a variety of mental healthcare settings. She sees her work as a collaborator, helping clients discover their true north. 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"

Beyond Overeating® workshops help people struggling with binge eating, emotional eating, food addiction and weight loss. Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. An estimated 30% to 40% of those seeking weight loss treatments can be clinically diagnosed with binge eating disorder. BED affects three times the number of those diagnosed with anorexia and bulimia combined. (source: BEDA)

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Writer / Blogger

An award-winning writer, Laura holds a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California as well as a Master of Psychology. She's won top awards in songwriting and fiction writing and interned for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at USC. Published widely, Laura writes about lifestyle trends and the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment. Currently she's a contributor at

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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