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Another ultra-premium Malibu outfit, Malibu Vista has only been around for about two years.  It’s often considered Elements Behavioral Health’s sister version of the esteemed Promises facility but geared more for mental health and established exclusively for women.

Accommodations and Food

Housing here means a secluded property and a private hillside home setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Malibu Vista has room for only six women at a time, with comfortable bedrooms each with enormous, plush comforters. They also employ a squad of gourmet chefs that create customized meals with the help of nutritionists to ensure all residents have the healthiest diets possible.

Treatment and Staff

Malibu Vista does not have detox so clients in need of that will have to do so elsewhere prior to admission. After initial psych testing and assessments, residents and the staff design personalized treatment plans, all grounded in a holistic treatment both traditional and alternative approaches. They welcome clients with nearly every disorder that exists (including borderline personality disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, love and sex addiction and many more in between).

A typical day at the facility begins with breakfast at 7 am followed by time for physical activity and a small group session. After that is an individualized group before lunch, while afternoons offer two more group sessions and another individual session. Dinner is at 5:30, with rotating after-dinner activities.

The overall philosophy and treatment goals here include building social skills, learning healthier overall lifestyles and breaking the cycle of addiction and relapse. One really positive aspect worth noting: though many places claim to offer individualized care, Malibu Vista’s enormous staff and small number of clients provides the opportunity for that to definitely be the case.

Extras

Malibu Vista also offers an entire vocational skills development program, recreational activities that include gym and museum trips, and thorough exercise and nutritional counseling to make sure residents are healthy in mind, body and spirit (including guidance from food addiction expert and New York Times best-selling author Pamela Peeke).

There are also shopping, hiking and trips to the Farmer’s Market on weekends.

In Summary

Malibu Vista is definitely high-end and for those who opt for treatment here, every known resource will be at their disposal to work on mental health issues.  In time, Malibu Vista could become one of the most comprehensive and attentive residential psych treatment programs for women in California.

Malibu Vista Location

20786 Cooloak Way
Malibu CA 90265

Malibu Vista Cost

Call for cost. Reach Malibu Vista by phone at (855) 239-4329. Find Malibu Vista on Facebook and Twitter 

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  1. Malibuvistaexp on

    Based on personal experience: There are NOT individualized groups bc you only have 2-6 clients there at a time. Accordingly, everyone goes to the same shoddy groups, regardless of diagnosis and treatment goals. And you certainly do NOT have an individual session each day. You MAY see your assigned individual therapist up to twice weekly. Thats it. Lots of down time though. Malibu Vista promotes itself as a luxury treatment center for women. There is no luxury in living in a tiny house with gossipy staff, inconsistent meals, unreliable transportation (and hence, access) to a gym, and generic groups run by people whose focus mainly lies in their private practices out in the community, not with the residential clients at Malibu Vista. Check out Timberline Knolls. Its half the cost, beautifully located, and run by competent professionals. Or check out any number of other online treatment finder sites. I would not give this place $45,000.00.

    • Same experience here. I wish there wasn’t so much negative stigma towards people seeking mental health treatment because it would really help to have all the former clients be able to collectively and openly share their stories from their time at this F grade facility. I don’t know what Eilleen Shoals does during her workday at Malibu Vista but it is does during her workday at Malibu Vista but it iscertainly not overseeing the quality of care one pays for at a treatment center, let alone a luxury treatment center

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