Laura Hout

Laura Hout with Dog

Laura Hout is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who holds a Master of Arts in Psychology as well as a Master of Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. She is a Certified TEAM-CBT Therapist, an innovative form of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy developed by Dr. David Burns of Stanford University. Powerful and precise, TEAM-CBT is designed to help people achieve faster results in fewer sessions. In addition, she incorporates principles from Family Systems theories, RLT® (Relationship Counseling), Mindfulness and Self-Compassion techniques.

Laura created Beyond Overeating® Workshops to help men and women break the binge cycle and live happier, healthier lives. Workshops are lively and interactive, combining information with one-on-one coaching. Participants attend for one month or several, implementing life-changing knowledge and practicing new skills. Laura also facilitates Beyond Overeating® workshops in medical settings, community agencies, fitness centers and health spas. Dedicated and passionate, she writes about the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment, and she's an outspoken advocate for healthier foods and relationships.

“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


Treatment Modalities and Training

Professional Experience

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist LMFT #85841 
  • CALM (Child Abuse Listening & Mediation) - 2012 to 2014
  • Full Spectrum Recovery & Counseling - 2013 to 2014
  • Central Coast Treatment Center - 2012 to 2013
  • New Beginnings Counseling Center - 2011 to 2013

Awards and Honors 

  • Magna Cum Laude - M.A. in Psychology, California Southern University
  • First Place - Fiction - Southern California Writers Conference
  • First Place - Womens' Fiction - Santa Barbara Writers Conference
  • Second Place - Mysteries - Santa Barbara Writers Conference
  • Writer's Assistant - The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences internship
  • Honorable Mention - Vocal Category - American Song Festival

Additional Activities

  • Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Response Team
  • Using Literature to Assist Trauma Narrative - presented to CALM Clinical staff - 2014
  • Clinical Editorial Council  - The Therapist - California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists - 2014 to 2017
  • Marketing Chair - International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals/Central Coast - 2012 to 2014


  • Master of Arts in Psychology – California Southern University, Irvine, CA, January 2012
  • Master of Professional Writing – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, May 2002
  • Bachelor of Arts in Humanities – Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, May 1985