Heraklion, Crete, Greece
|Residence||New York, New York, United States|
Maria Papapetros (Greek: Μαρία Παπαπέτρος) is a psychic and spiritual healer who has served as a spiritual consultant to individuals within the entertainment industry, law enforcement agencies, world leaders and major financial institutions. She teaches “Psychic Empowerment Workshops” and leads creative meditation worldwide. She is also involved trying to bring the field of parapsychology to the mainstream.
Early life and career
Papapetros was born into a family on the isle of Crete in Greece in which many members of her family claimed psychic powers. Her father worked as a psychic healer and two of her aunts worked as psychics.
Papapetros began delving into her own psychic abilities in 1970 at age 26 when she was living in Los Angeles and was “discovered” by spiritual consultant Gail Eaton, to whom she went for advice. Eaton suggested Papapetros’s psychic talents. Soon after, Papapetros began studying metaphysics and meditation with psychic Joan Culpepper. In 1974, Papapetros opened her first practice in Beverly Hills, CA.
While she has flown as far as Tokyo to consult with clients, Papapetros has homes and offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Sugar Land, TX, and Athens, Greece. She has written two self-awareness books and has produced a series of meditation CDs. She currently resides in New York City.
Papetros studied psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles.
In the media
Papapetros has been a guest on many national television programs, including Late Night with David Letterman, Donnie & Marie, The Maury Povich Show, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition and E! Entertainment Television and the Fox News. She has also appeared in periodicals such as Vogue, Redbook, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour and Ellopia Press Magazine USA.
In January 2011, Papapetros partnered with Lifetime Television and their Year Of You promotion, where readers of The Cosmic Lowdown blog on Lifetime’s website could enter for a chance to win a private psychic reading with Papapetros.
Ties to law enforcement
In 1978, Papapetros spoke to law-enforcement officials about the Jim Jones mass-suicide case in Guyana. Papapetros also worked with many of the defectors and survivors at the Human Freedom Foundation, which was set up to help former members of the cult deprogram themselves.
From 1978-1979 she was brought in as a psychic consultant on the Hillside Strangler murders in Los Angeles. In 1992, she consulted with the Harris County Sheriff’s office in Texas regarding Rex Warren Mays, who was later convicted of killing two girls and was subsequently executed in 2002.
Ties to Hollywood
Having worked with numerous celebrities, producers and actors, Papapetros is known by many as “Psychic to the Stars”. In addition to film and television projects, Papapetros has acted as psychic consultant to two of actress Demi Moore’s films, “The Butcher's Wife” and “Ghost”. For “The Butcher's Wife,” she was the first person to receive an on-screen credit for an off-screen role as “psychic consultant.” In addition to Moore, the film’s producer and director were both clients of Papapetros at the time.
Papapetros’s celebrity clients have included Goldie Hawn, Mary Steenburgen, Kelly Rutherford, Dennis Haysbert, Marcia Cross, and Vanessa Williams, who has even hosted one of Papapetros’s “Psychic Empowerment Workshops” at her home. Papapetros has been listed in New York Magazine’s “Best of New York.”
Contributions to parapsychology
In 1980, Papapetros participated in a study at UCLA’s Department of Psychology. Conducted by Dr. Jan Berlin, it was one of the first controlled investigations of parapsychology
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- “Sugar Land Psychic Advises Stars,” Huston Chronicle, June 13, 2010
- ”Japan’s Latest Import: New Age Gurus/Psychics, Healers Fill a Spiritual Emptiness,” San Francisco Chronicle, July 7, 1992
- “Absolute Obedience, Bizarre Sex And Vicious Beatings Were Fundamental Tenets for People’s Temple Leader,” New York Times, November 21, 1978
- ”Psychic To The Stars,” Houston Chronicle”, July 16, 1992
- “Finally, Hollywood Psychic Will Get Her Name on the Movie Credits,” San Diego Union Tribune, August 14, 1991
- ”People” Los Angeles Daily News, August 10, 1991
- ”Speaking In The Future Perfect,” Women’s Wear Daily, November 17, 1998
- “Best of New York” New York Magazine
- Maria Papapetros Bio
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