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to bring the concept back to the
Detroit area and co-founded the
Metro Detroit Center for
Attitudinal Healing with a
colleague, Mark Roby, in 1990.
"Being Jewish, I grew up with a
lot of judgment and high expecta-
tions," said Pappas, who was diag-
nosed with clinical depression
when she was a child. "I was
always seeking inner peace within
myself. When I was in California, I
felt a freedom I had never experi-
enced before. I wanted to bring
what I learned and felt back to
Pappas, who has a master's
degree in guidance and counseling
and a doctoral degree in meta-
physics, lives in Franklin with her
husband, Ed. They have two
sons, Greg, 25, a medical stu-
dent at Michigan State
University, and Steven,
20, a sophomore at
the University of
Michigan, his mother's
alma mater.

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"Attitudinal healing differs from
conventional therapy in that its
goal is to heal the heart, not just
the mind," said Pappas. "It's felt
on a spiritual, almost a mystical
level. It teaches that all human
beings come from God, so they
are basically good at their core,
but that fear motivates poor
behavior and blocks natural love
and goodness.
Attitudinal healing has much
in common with the Jewish tra-
dition of tikkun olam, repairing
the world, said Pappas.
"Attitudinal healing is all
about service, love and making a
difference in the world around
you," she said. "If you look at
the roots of Judaism, it's all
Brenda Strausz is a psy-
chotherapist in Westland and
Southfield, and a volunteer facili-
tator for the growth groups spon-
sored by MDCAH. She uses the

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principles of attitudinal healing
in her private practice.
"It's an incredible philosophy,
very empowering," said Strausz.
"I tell my clients that anger is a
knife they hold by the blade. If
they can understand that other
people are often coming from a
wounded place themselves, it's
easier to have compassion."
Ron Cohen of West
Bloomfield is a retired school-
teacher who started attending
the growth groups four years ago
and found them so helpful he
became a facilitator.
"I've learned that happiness is a

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choice I can make on the inside,
regardless of what's happening on
the outside," said Cohen. "I've
learned to be forgiving, even to
myself. I'm happier than I've ever
been, and that's due in large part
to attitudinal healing."
Suzan Matlin of Farmington
Hills attended her first attitudinal
healing group seven years ago and
has made it a part of her life.
"I was looking for something,
and what I heard there spoke to
me," said Matlin. "It really has
helped me change my life. I've
become more accepting and much
more peaceful. I'm much more
conscious about the choices I
make. And I've met a lot of won-
derful people. For me, attitudinal
healing is a way of life."

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