The reasons people consult a psychic are as varied and diverse as the number of individuals out there offering their services. Some go purely out of curiosity, some simply go regularly out of habit much as they might visit their dentist every six months, some – of perhaps a more skeptical standing – might even consider it entertainment. However, in the majority of cases, people seek a psychic because they have questions. They may reached a crossroads in their life and want some guidance; they may have a problem they are struggling to deal with or may have recently experienced some great upheaval in their life and need some comfort and validation. Others yet may be desperate and lost. Are psychic readings therapeutic?
There is no doubt that many who use psychic readings find the insight, hope and clarity they are looking for but can psychic readings truly offer an alternative to the traditional, science based therapies from the worlds of psychology and psychiatry? According to one famous Beverly Hills psychic Christopher Golden, whose client list reads like a Hollywood ‘Who’s Who’, traditional talk therapy is out and the metaphysical approach is in. Figures would certainly back up Golden’s claim that psychic therapy seeking folk are out there in their millions as a 2009 report by the Pew Research Center illustrates. According to their findings, one in seven North Americans has visited a psychic at some point and there’s more. Along the same lines, data released by industry research firm IBISWorld show that from 2008 to 2012 the use of psychic services in the U.S., which include such things as psychic mediumship, astrology and aura reading, have risen at an annual rate of 2%. This certainly tells us that lots of people are using psychic services and the numbers are steadily rising but is there any evidence which establishes that psychic readings have therapeutic value?
Psychics and Psychologists – Differences, Similarities and Therapeutic Values
What is Different
The study and application of psychology, dating back to Ancient Greek and Egyptian times, was considered a branch of philosophy until 1870 when it started to develop as an independent scientific discipline. With all of their principles based on scientific learning, psychology and psychotherapy have been used across a wide spectrum – from helping otherwise healthy individuals find clarity right through to treating patients with the most serious mental health problems.
Psychic readers work from a whole different set of principles which, based on beliefs that can’t be proved under scientific parameters, are more often than not ridiculed and debunked by the world of science.
Science tends to work from a basic premise that all humans have certain processes, patterns and behaviours of the mind in common. It takes a psychological theory and applies it to the individual and their circumstances in order to help them. Working within the confines of certain parameters which include many accepted facts, it typically allows little room for manoeuvre and often less flexibility.
A psychic on the other hand works from a starting point that every single human on the planet is uniquely individual. This individual is themselves the focus and channelled messages apply ONLY to this individual. Think of the difference as a generic memo sent round at work for everyone to read or a private letter intended for only one person.
Perhaps the summing up of the main difference between psychologists and psychics is that the scientific field of psychology pertains only to the mind and the human behaviours which that lead to; psychics work holistically and address mind, body and spirit.
What is the Same?
Both the work of a psychic and a psychotherapist aim to bring clarity although neither are intended to order you what to do. Rather they are meant to offer the ‘patient’ the ability to solve problems according to insights the treatment has given them. And both science and the world of the esoteric sometimes fail – this might be because the practitioner themselves is not skilled enough to deal with the problem in hand or, in the case of science, the more rigid approach makes no allowance for a very specific problem under certain circumstances.
Therapy Ideas and Comparisons
In some cultures, particularly that of the United States, it has been considered perfectly normal to regularly visit a ‘shrink’ as a means of keeping mental health up to scratch and as part of the journey towards personal development. Some, it would appear, visit the same psychologist/psychiatrist for many years with no solutions to issues or with any type of growth evident. It is perhaps an interesting illustration of social conditioning and perspective that if the same were to be said of some-one visiting a psychic, the instant reaction would typically be to suggest that psychic were an unethical money grabbing fraud and the client rather stupid for not realising they are being hoodwinked.
According to psychic-to-the stars, Christopher Golden mentioned earlier, “many people come to me, or some of the other more reputable psychics, having spent years in talk therapy, only to have a sudden breakthrough in consciousness after even one session with a legitimate psychic.” The suggestion here is not that psychic readings have greater value or efficacy but simply perhaps certain problems and individuals are more suited to one approach than the other. A further point which needs mentioning is that not all psychic readers would label themselves as therapists while others claim their ‘treatments’ can offer a range of therapeutic benefits including – aiding relaxation/depression/grieving, speeding up healing, releasing emotions, helping with insomnia and various other claims. Some psychic readers consider themselves complimentary therapists which mean they are offering their services to work beneficially in conjunction with more mainstream medical fields such as psychology. There is not here or anywhere else in the psychic world the suggestion that metaphysical practices replace medical advice, certainly in cases of severe emotional trauma or serious mental illness.
According to Golden, today’s leading psychics “put their focus on the elevation of consciousness and the transformation of the individual, to create a greater sense of possibility for their clients”. He believes that psychic readings offer a more complete approach which “truly helps people to overcome their obstacles and to become the best version of themselves they can be”. It is clear that at least Mr. Golden believes psychic readings to have true therapeutic value.
Whether psychic or psychologist, each has their pitfalls and their advantages. A psychic who has absolutely no psychological understanding, particularly with reference to issues such as grief therapy which requires delicate handling, could inadvertently create further problems. Transversely, a psychotherapist who has no intuitive skills, empathy or open-mindedness could at best be of no use whatsoever and at worst trigger all kinds of additional issues. The ideal answer, it would appear, is to find some-one who practices both schools of ideology; some-one able to use their wide skill base to pick and choose what is most applicable and when, in order to arrive at the most positive outcome.
Psychic Psychologists – The Best of Both Worlds
For the longest time it appeared that the worlds of psychology/psychiatry and the psychic were like two opposing armies facing each other across a wide divide. But at some point it seems a truce was called – at least by certain members of the fighting factions, which led to the emergence of a new breed – the psychic psychologist.
According to psychic psychotherapist Heather Hunter her psychic readings come with an added bonus due to her qualified background in psychology and counselling. When she delivers messages she makes sure she does it in a way which is most beneficial according to the individual based on her scientific knowledge. Doris Cohen Ph.D is another medically qualified practitioner who has crossed the divide. After 30 years in practice as a clinical psychologist she now offers past life regression and dream analysis among her other services. According to her, cognitive behaviour therapies from the world of psychology deal only with the left-brain and pay no mind to accessing the depths of the soul. The best treatments, she feels, are those delivered by a psychic with some counselling experience or a psychologist who accepts that science can’t address everything and is open to the world of the esoteric and integrating intuitive healing within the treatments.
How to find your Healer
It is evident already from the discussions here that it is unlikely any one psychologist or any one psychic would be perfect for everyone who walked through their doors. It can take a little trial and error to find the practitioner who will be able to help you and any individual issues the best, no matter whether you decide to go down the road of science, metaphysics or a combination.
Establishing trust and understanding with any professional may take time although sometimes you might instinctively ‘click’ on an initial meeting. However one thing is for certain, if trust and understanding are absent, healing is unlikely to take place no matter how skilled the professional in question.
Some issues are likely best addressed by one or other of the choices discussed here in the initial stages. For example, where serious depression or mental health issues are evident, the first port of call would usually be a qualified medical professional. On the other hand, if you wish to know what messages your guardians might have for you to help you overcome a certain life problem, a medical practitioner is unlikely to offer you the best answers, particularly if they are one of the esoteric debunkers.
We are conditioned to bow to the great god science from almost the beginning of our life. However, in bending our knees and bowing our heads too deeply we become blind to other possibilities and exclude everything else. The god of science is indeed a powerful one but maybe he isn’t the only one. Perhaps we have become too tied up with pledging our allegiance to the camp of the scientists or the camp of the other-worldly, believing that one or the other is exclusively right. But maybe they are both right and, should we choose to embrace both, perhaps we would be allowing each to realise its full potential and power.
Disclaimer: This post is not meant to be medical advice. If you believe to have mental health problem, please visit your doctor first.
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