Are Psychics the New Therapists?
Why women are turning to the metaphysical world to get through the tough spots
"It's almost like you're in therapy on fast forward," she says of a psychic reading. Her current go-to person is Rev. Catherine Paretti, who calls herself a spiritual counselor and clairvoyant. "She gets it on such a larger level immediately," says Susan of Catherine. "That's why it's so valuable. She doesn't need to know you, but she gets down to your core."
Of course, not everyone is convinced that psychic services provide a real benefit. "The succor that a psychic gives you is potentially harmful," cautions D. J. Grothe, president of the James Randi Educational Foundation, consumer protection non-profit that looks into paranormal claims.
"We know about the stages of grief," says Grothe, offering the example of a person who goes to a psychic to help cope with the loss of a loved one. "The psychic would give you the warmed-over nicety: So and so is in heaven and is at peace. The psychologist knows that that sort of reprieve from the pain keeps you stuck in a stage of grief.
"I'm not saying they're villains, but they're unqualified," says Grothe. "Even the well-meaning ones who believe that they're real are pretending to have a level of expertise in a professional domain that they have no training in."
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