Hi! I'm Dr. Chris Maria

I'm a recovery coach, and I help people achieve and maintain their recovery from a mental illness. 

I was diagnosed with a mental illness 15 years ago, 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 even inpatient behavioral health hospital programs, I learned how to maintain my recovery. Now, it's my mission to help others achieve and maintain their recovery too. So if you are ready to begin your journey of recovery or need help maintaining your recovery, I can coach you on your next best steps. 

I got started as a recovery coach by helping family and friends. When they were struggling with mental health issues, because they knew my story and because I'm a good listener (smile), they came to me with their struggles. I enjoyed helping them and coaching them gave me meaning and a sense of purpose. I knew I wanted to do more, so I started Pills and Skills Recovery LLC, my recovery coaching service.


I offer one-on-one coaching and I inform listeners about recovery on my weekly radio talk show and podcast that airs on HIS Radio Talk, a contemporary Christian radio station in Greenville, SC. As Christians, many of us will not go see a therapist or psychiatrist, so my motto is "bringing recovery to you." I do this bringing you research-based information on a variety of recovery topics such as healing from trauma, healing mother wounds, domestic violence, setting healthy boundaries, and more .

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Chris Maria, Ph.D.

I am helping people achieve long-term recovery because I know the tremendous benefits of 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 achieve and maintain their recovery.


Prior to starting Pills and Skills Recovery LLC, I was a teacher and college professor. I earned a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  

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

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I sat in my chair staring feelings of sheer exhaustion mentally, emotionally, physically. Suffering from the blows of life challenges that I was facing. I felt hopeless. My confidence was shattered, and my future looked bleak. I desperately needed a voice of wisdom and guidance. God divinely put in my path one day a particular broadcast Pills and Skills Recovery hosted by Dr. Chris Maria. I felt immediately the reassurance in her spirit and voice as a woman who could relate to individuals who had been wounded by life. I set up a 45 min consultation. It has been one of the best decisions I ever made. The coaching sessions that we have had, I see myself as a more self -confident person. As well, I feel more emotionally stable with the new life skills I'm learning and that we discuss and practice. I'm totally on the road of recovery, with a new beginning. A life that is now thriving with a new outlook on a brighter future. 

                                                                               -Beverly H.