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's worked as a psychotherapist at various eating disorders centers, substance abuse treatment programs and community agencies. At C.A.L.M (Child Abuse Listening & Mediation) she assisted families, couples and children affected by trauma, abuse, addiction, domestic violence, divorce and custody issues, immigration, poverty and criminal justice interactions. She's co-facilitated many groups over the years, including 'Teens Affected by Domestic Violence' and 'Adults Molested as Children' - as well as Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Compulsive Overeaters' groups. Her training includes Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, TEAM-CBT, Family Systems, Relational Life Therapy and Mindfulness-Self Compassion work.
She created Beyond Overeating® Workshops to help men and women break the binge cycle and live happier, healthier lives. Workshops are lively and interactive, combining lecture, process and skill building. Beyond Overeating® Workshops are held in person and online, as well at workplaces, healthcare settings, community agencies, fitness centers and health spas. Dedicated and passionate, Laura is an engaging group leader and outspoken advocate for healthier foods and relationships. She's published articles about misconceptions in treating eating disorders, and the challenges of living in an obesogenic environment.
"You cannot win... if you do not play."
~ Steve Forbert, songwriter.
Treatment Modalities and Training
- Certified TEAM-CBT Therapist – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (developed by David Burns, MD)
- Relational Life Therapy – Couples/Relationship Counseling (developed by Terry Real, LCSW)
- Mindfulness/Self Compassion Core Skills training (developed by Kristin Neff PhD and Christopher Germer, MD)
- Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist - LMFT #6992 (SC) and LMFT #85481 (CA) - 2011 to present
- CALM (Child Abuse Listening & Mediation) - 2012 to 2014
- La Ventana Treatment Programs - 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
- Consultant/Trainer - Ripple of One, Seneca, SC
- Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Response Team, Santa Barbara, CA
- 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