Meet Dr. Chris Maria

Hi! I'm Dr. Chris Maria. 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 for 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, I use my success, experience, and wealth of knowledge to lead other trauma survivors along their journey of healing from trauma and recovery too. I am giving others what I needed 17 years ago when I began to heal and recover from trauma.

Before becoming a trauma recovery coach, I was a teacher and college professor. I received my Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Although I am no longer in the classroom, I continue to publish in academia and conduct research. I conduct research in the area of improving education for teen moms (known educationally as pregnant and parenting students), and I am the author of Helping Teen Moms Graduate: Strategies for Families, Schools, and Community Organizations (Rowman & Littlefield, Feb. 2023).

Today I work in ministry as a trauma recovery coach and radio talk show host. I am the Founder of Teen Moms Anonymous, a ministry for teen moms who are trauma survivors. 

I became a trauma recovery coach in 2020 when, after becoming very ill, I realized that to maintain my recovery, I had to change careers. I could no longer teach in a traditional classroom setting and stay well. I decided to use what was in my hands. I had teaching skills, a love for helping people heal from trauma, and a wealth of knowledge and real-life experience in healing from trauma. Using what was in my hands, I became a trauma recovery coach, and in Aug 2020, I opened my trauma recovery coaching service, Pills and Skills Recovery LLC. 

As a trauma recovery coach, I work with you as a peer, mentor, guide, and educator to help you either begin your journey of healing or maintain your recovery from a mental health condition. Currently, I offer one-on-one individual coaching online and in person.

In addition to individual coaching, I host a weekly radio talk show that airs every Friday and Saturday on HIS Radio Talk, a contemporary Christian radio station in Greenville, SC. My show is all about healing from trauma and recovery.

Don't worry if you miss the show, you can catch it on my podcast. Click below to subscribe on Apple Podcast, Google Podcast or Spotify.

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