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 created Beyond Overeating® workshops to help men and women break the binge cycle and live healthier, happier lives. Dedicated and passionate, she writes about the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment, and facilitates Beyond Overeating® workshops in private practice as well as medical settings, community agencies, fitness centers and health spas.

Laura 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 Family Systems, Relational Life Therapy (Couples Counseling), Mindfulness and Self-Compassion techniques.

Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States - an estimated 30% to 40% of people in weight loss programs struggle with binge eating disorder. People with BED are more likely to be of higher weight, but anyone at any weight can struggle with the disorder. BED often co-occurs with mood disorders and other addictions. However, the #1 trigger for binge eating (or any other form of escapism) is RELATIONAL STRESS. We are wired for connection and we thrive in healthy connection - to our self, our bodies and others.

“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 since 2014
  • LMFT Registered Intern since 2011 in various settings including:
  • CALM (Child Abuse Listening & Mediation) - 2012 to 2014 (Family and Child Counseling, Child Abuse, Adult Survivors of Child Abuse, Domestic Violence)
  • Full Spectrum Recovery & Counseling - 2013 to 2014 (Alcohol and Drug Addiction counseling services, Abstinence-based and Harm Reduction)
  • Central Coast Treatment Center - 2012 to 2013 (Eating Disorders)
  • New Beginnings Counseling Center - 2011 to 2013 (Individual, couples and family therapy in a community mental health agency)

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
  • Internship - Writer's Assistant - The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences

Additional Activities

  • Writer/Blogger for PsychAlive.org
  • 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

Education

  • 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