About Laura Hout

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, a rapid-results' form of CBT, developed by Dr. David Burns of Stanford University. In addition, her training includes Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems, Relational Life Therapy and Mindfulness/Self Compassion concepts.

She's worked as a psychotherapist at eating disorders centers, substance abuse treatment programs and community mental health agencies, helping individuals, couples and families from all walks of life. At C.A.L.M (Child Abuse Listening & Mediation) she assisted children and families affected by childhood abuse, domestic violence, trauma, addiction, mental illness, divorce and custody issues. Over the years she's facilitated groups such as: Teens Affected by Domestic Violence, Adults Molested as Children, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Emotion Regulation. In 2012, before Binge Eating Disorder was recognized in the DSM-5, she was the first therapist to lead a Compulsive Overeaters' Group at a renowned Southern California eating disorders' center.Laura Hout with Dog

In response to a lack of awareness about Binge Eating Disorder (BED), 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 lecture, process and skill building. Beyond Overeating® Workshops are currently held online. Pre-Covid, Laura led workshops in healthcare settings, community agencies, workplaces, fitness centers and health spas. Dedicated and passionate, Laura is an engaging group leader and outspoken advocate for healthier foods and relationships.

"You cannot win... if you do not play."

~ Steve Forbert, songwriter.

Treatment Modalities and Training

Professional Experience

  • 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 - Women's Fiction - Santa Barbara Writers Conference
  • Second Place - Mysteries - Santa Barbara Writers Conference
  • Writer's Assistant - The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences
  • Honorable Mention - Vocal Category - American Song Festival

Additional Activities

  • Professional Member - American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Published Writer since 1990
  • Consultant/Trainer - "Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" - 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/California 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