Maui Intensives, Inc. | Rae & Judy
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Client Vignettes | The Therapy Experience with Maui Intensives

Explore client vignettes to learn more about our intensive therapeutic retreats in Hawaii. We offer therapy & healing for couples, individuals, & families.

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 These client vignettes illuminate significant information, create depth, provide insight, and help to create a more complete picture of a greater story.



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Her husband felt helpless. He had found the best dual diagnosis treatment center for his wife who he thought was depressed and maybe had an addiction to alcohol. It seemed to work for awhile, but the issues always had a way of creeping back in...

A woman in her 30's with two young children came to Maui Intensives following two months in a treatment center for depression and alcohol abuse. Her husband asked for a referral for individual intensive therapy. This woman was withdrawn and seemed content to have her husband speak for her. Her husband accurately diagnosed her PMS as PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). Also, in treatment she had uncovered memories of an incident of sexual molestation that happened to her as a child. She had never told her parents for fear of getting in trouble. Like so many, she felt guilty and ashamed even though she knew it wasn't her fault. The combination of strategic dietary changes and a personal exercise plan designed by Rae, learning meditation, trauma resolution therapy, and collaboration with a Chinese medicine practitioner to treat the hormonal imbalance provided dramatic positive results for this woman and her family. And, she no longer desired to drink alcohol.  


Her psychiatrist said she was bipolar and put her on several medications including one for sleep...

Her family relocated to a different state at the start of her senior year causing her to have to break up with her boyfriend of two years— her first love. Her parents heard about Maui Intensives and asked if two weeks would be enough to help her. It was soon discovered that this was one of those situations that innocently, but so tragically, led this young woman down a path of psychiatric diagnosis that simply wasn't accurate. There were three major problems: the pain of abruptly ending a love relationship, the stress and anxiety of moving, and a teen-ager who didn't realize how poorly she was eating causing fatigue, irritability, lack of motivation, and so on. Fortunately, she was willing to do a one week experiment. Instead, of drinking coffee and soda all day at school, then eating ice cream when she came home starving, then skipping dinner because she was full from ice cream; she agreed to eat three predetermined healthy meals at meal time each day for seven days in a row. The bipolar symptoms disappeared. She also had the time she needed during her Intensive to process and accept the big changes that had occurred in her life. Her parents agreed to let her boyfriend visit her. This family had a good sense of humor about food being a "cure" for bipolar.

Rae Ariel