Meet Dr. Chris Maria

Hi! I'm a trauma recovery coach. I specialize in helping other trauma survivors either begin their journey of healing or maintain their recovery. I have been on my journey of healing from trauma and recovery 17 years, and for years, I struggled to maintain my recovery. I would do well for a while but then I'd be in a mental health crisis. Over time, however, thanks to individual and group therapy, outpatient and inpatient behavioral health hospital programs, and 12 step programs like Celebrate Recovery and CoDA, I learned how to maintain my recovery. Now it’s my mission to help other trauma survivors begin their journey of healing and maintain their recovery too. 

Before becoming a trauma recovery coach, I was a teacher and college professor. Early in my career I was a middle and high school English teacher. Later I earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Afterwards, I held a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Education appointment in the School of Education at Claflin University and USC Upstate. 

My research area of focus is improving education for teen moms (known educationally as pregnant and parenting teens/students), and as an extension of my research and ministry, I founded Teen Moms Anonymous-- a support group and recovery program for teen moms who are trauma survivors.

I became a trauma recovery coach because after several years of trying to teach in the classroom and maintain my recovery, it became evident I had to change careers. I decided to use my teaching skills and do what I love: help people heal. So, in December 2020, while out on long-term disability leave from my teaching position, I started Pills and Skills Recovery LLC, my trauma recovery coaching service.

I offer one-on-one individual coaching online and in person. In addition, I inform listeners about healing from trauma and recovery on my weekly radio talk show that airs every Friday and Saturday on HIS Radio Talk, a contemporary Christian radio station in Greenville, SC. If you missed the show, you can listen on my podcast.

I know that many trauma survivors will not go see a therapist or psychiatrist, so my motto is “bringing recovery to you.” I do this by bringing listeners research-based information on topics related to healing from trauma, healing mother wounds, domestic violence, boundaries, challenging unhelpful (negative) thinking patterns, and more.

I am helping people heal and achieve long-term recovery because I know the tremendous benefits of healing and recovery. You have a better quality of life. You have healthy relationships. You feel better about yourself. You're better able to fulfill your purpose in life. To get there, many people just need someone, who’s traveled that road, to come alongside them as a coach. I am that person, and I love helping others heal and maintain their recovery.

Are you ready to work with me as your trauma recovery coach, so I can help you? Click below to schedule a 45-minute free consultation.