About Mary

Mary Rives, MHA, BA, MS is a Certified Story Facilitator, Certified Life Coach, Companion Editor* and transformational author who lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her beloved husband. As a semi-retired social worker, she occasionally coordinates caregiving teams for people of all ages, and joyfully engages in a wide variety of community service and story-related projects. 

Mary is a contributing author in Journey to Joy, an anthology of inspiring stories by women who follow their hearts. She is slowly writing her own memoir, Brat Tales: Confessions of an Army Colonel’s Misfit Daughter.

*Mary has coined the term “Companion Editor” to help describe her story facilitation work. She creates relationships built upon trust, out of which her clients share their memories through the spoken word; next comes the joy of writing the stories down. For some, Mary acts as editor for a previously existing body of work; for others, she facilitates the crafting of memories into prose. Certain clients choose to record stories via video or audio, which can then be edited and shared with family and friends. 

Mary works side by side with her clients during an exhilarating, fun, gentle, and collaborative process. In addition to private sessions, she also facilitates both public and private writing workshops during which participants write and share their personal stories in a safe, comfortable group setting.

You and your loved one(s) are invited to join Mary in the storytelling experience in order to give voice to the rich stories of your lives. From childbirth and middle age to retirement and beyond, your stories are valued and valuable, and Mary wants to help you tell them. 

Mary’s Academic Credentials

  • Mental Health Associate
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
  • Master of Science in Organization and Management

Post Graduate School Training and Certification:

  • Story Facilitator
  • Alzheimer’s Association’s “Savvy Caregiver” 
  • Professional Life Coach
  • Laughter Yoga Leader & Coach
  • Hospice Coordinator
  • Suicide Prevention Trainer

Mary’s interests include music, art, reading, nature, film, laughter, cooking, swimming, ceremony, storytelling, hiking, hot yoga, and deep listening.