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Welcome to Intensives

New Ways Through Old Paths

Intensives are a specialized therapeutic experience designed to encourage deeper healing by using a more concentrated format and customized therapeutic format. I am so excited to formally introduce this into my practice and bear witness to the change and healing that comes from these times together.

  • 5 Day Intensive

    Valid for one week
    • 3 Hour Therapy Sessions Daily
    • 5 Consecutive Days (Monday-Friday)
    • Pre-Intensive Intake Session
    • Concierge 2 Weeks Prior to Sessions
    • Pre and Post Intensive Assessments and Exercises
  • 10 Day Intensive

    Valid for 2 weeks
    • 3 Hour Therapy Sessions Daily
    • 5 Sessions Scheduled Over 2 Weeks (Monday-Friday)
    • Pre-Intensive Intake Session
    • Concierge 2 Weeks Prior to Sessions
    • Pre and Post Intensive Assessments and Exercises
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An Intensive with Mary Ellen Mann is life changing. It feels almost unbelievable to say that one week changed the trajectory of my life, but it has. Mary Ellen's expertise is matched only by her deep wisdom and empathy. She's an example of what a therapist can and should be: researched, humble, and unflinchingly just. In desperation, I travelled across the country to see her and, in my suffering, doubted whether I'd make the trip. But my Intensive with Mary Ellen shifted my healing from a weekly ray of hope to a flood of wellness. If you're suffering, please go. From one trauma survivor to another, you're worth every effort and a week can transform your life. I'd say I'm indebted to Mary Ellen, but I know that I don't need to feel indebted. Instead, I'm profoundly thankful for her and emboldened to share my victories with the world.

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The Details


Intensives have been an emerging treatment option for some time and have usually been resourced by those who want acute care with a blend of widening the lens on their lives. 


Acute care has often involved physically removing the individual from their traditional environments of stress and strain to faciliate total relaxation and somatic therapy treatments designed to engage the physical reality of calm and inner focus. 


The concept of widening the lens means looking at the reason one hour therapy may not have worked so far. Sometimes there is too much tumult in the everyday to capitalize on what is being given in the one hour therapy experience. Sometimes there is simply a need to cultivate consistency—staying with one’s self long enough to go to the next level of knowing what is dull, underwhelming to what is too much, overwhelming. Some people are learning about their temperaments and personality needs and motives other are learning to engage old trauma that has never been healed and parts of self that have never been well loved or reclaimed from the ashes of upsets and breakdowns. 


Intensives ask that you peel away the distractions, enter a cocoon of being heard, absorbed and understood by someone who does not want to interrupt your life or your current therapy. 


For me being an intensive therapist allows me to hone in on someone without any preconditioning from them about who I am. I arrive without any preconditioning on who they are, and because of that, I have only their interpretation of what is defined as “successful” treatment. There is so much that is untamed and unconditional about this. I have applied skills, assessments and exercises that could keep the clients focused and busy in session and beyond—prior to intensives even beginning and definitely during and after. A number of tools I use are online under my tab “Resources.” Take a peek and know that your wholeness is a priority to all us at Mann Counseling Group.



Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment


The Myers-Briggs assessment helps determine your personality type, how you perceive the world, and how you make decisions.   It identifies the unique way that you construe life experiences, your needs, values, and your motivation for change.   This assessments allows Mary Ellen to quickly see aspects of your personality, such as whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, which allows her to tailor treatment to meet your needs.  It also provides you with a great deal of insight into yourself.




The enneagram is an ancient personality-typing model that categorizes you into one of nine personality types.  It helps identify your basic desires and fears.  The information that comes out of this assessment is useful in the counseling setting because it will give Mary Ellen insight into your motivations, behaviors, fears, and how you interact with others.   Enneagram work can be combined effectively with spiritual work, since it combines psychology and spirituality.   This assessment can lead to greater self-understanding, self-compassion, character development, and conflict resolution.  


Motivational DNA


Everyone has and needs different motivation.  This assessment identifies the six components that are the basis for human motivation.  It identifies  desires, needs, and achievements that are uniquely yours.  This includes what drives you, what your needs are, and which awards your prefer.  It is a powerful tool of self-discovery that will help you uncover what you need to be motivated in order to live your best life.


Sensory Processing Scales


Sensory processing sensitivity is a personality trait, not a disorder, that involves an increased level of sensitivity in the nervous system and affects emotional wellness and cognitive functioning.  People with higher levels of sensory processing sensitivity may experience increased levels of emotional reactivity and empathy, as well as processing information at greater depths.  This can lead to those who are highly sensitive feeling flawed and unable to cope.  Understanding where you are at on sensory processing scales can lead to a better understanding of your needs and how to honor them.  


Love Languages


Five love languages have been identified as words of affirmation, receiving gifts, acts of service, quality time, and physical touch.  Knowing what your primary love language is, as well as that of your partner and your children, can provide a roadmap to feeling more loved and fulfilled.  It can help you become aware of what your needs are in the area of love, and help you learn how to better communicate those needs to others.


Clinical Assessments


Undiagnosed depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, and other clinical issues can lead to lower levels of functioning and life satisfaction.  If you believe that any of these might be an issue in your life, please mention it so that we can plan on in-person assessments accordingly. Information and proper diagnostics allow us to best tailor your treatment for the most successful outcome possible.  



My training in somatic therapies include multiple options for moving the head knowledge into physical relief and muscle memory. Those techniques are as follows:


Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing protocols (EMDR) 


Meridian Tapping

Relaxation Induction

Muscle release

Mindfulness and multi-sensory visualization


These are all customizable and some of these ideas can be found online on my website in the Resources area. Yes, I give away a lot of these ideas because it is more important that you feel empowered than that you receive counseling from me.



Click here to access the forms.


Local Interest




Here is a list of some of Our favorite hot-spots and restaurants in the Denver/Littleton area.


Downtown Denver,CO

Historical Downtown Littleton,CO

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  • Denver Union Station

  • 16th Street Mall

  • Larimer Square

  • Dever Museum of Art

Places to visit

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Places to eat

  • Linger

  • Root Down

  • The Capital Grille

  • Snooze an AM Eatery

  • Sam's No. 3 Diner

  • Sushi Den

  • Rioja

  • Osteria Marco

  • Lucile's Creole Cafe

  • Cholon

  • Watercourse (Vegan)

  • Woodie Fisher

  • Uncle Raman

  • Tavernetta

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Places to visit

  • In Tea (Tea House)

  • The Chocolate Therapist

  • Dirt Coffee

  • Skin Essentials Med Spa & Boutique

  • Chatfield Reservoir

  • Red Rocks Amphitheatre

  • Hudson Gardens

  • Colorado Frame Co.

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Places to eat

  • Cafe Terracotta

  • McKinners Pizza

  • Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina

  • Toast Fine Food & Coffee

  • The Melting Pot

  • Hacienda Colorado

  • GraceFull Community Cafe

Local Spots


The Intensive Package is inclusive of a Concierge available for questions, planning, as well as an initial intake session and support throughout the process.

More Resources

For more resources, take a look here.

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