“She offers profound healing and connection to those who have passed to the other side (cue the tears). Not only does she bring through very validating and specific stories and details (names, dates, etc.), but she delivers important messages from loved ones—about life path and purpose, and relationships that may be coming or may need to go”

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The Guide to Energy Healers, Intuitives & Mediums

One of the requests we field the most is recommendations for good healers—of all varieties. Below, you’ll find a rolodex of our favorite energy workers, intuitives, and mediums—individuals who are supremely gifted at moving, reading, and accessing energy, whether it’s in our bodies or from the other side. (Stay tuned for more on psi phenomena and consciousness, coming soon on goop.) One important thing to note about rates: Typically, gifted healers charge anywhere from $150 to $300 for a session, despite having quite long waitlists. Be wary of anyone who seems astronomically expensive or extortionist. While everyone needs to pay their bills, and reading requires an inordinate amount of energy, the prevailing sentiment seems to be that the gift departs when healers don’t move forward with integrity.

Energy Healers: Healers who work with energy are typically focused on removing any physical, spiritual, or emotional blockages, typically through modalities like Reiki, tapping, hypnotism, or more intensive shamanic rituals, like soul retrieval.

Intuitives & Coaches: The healers we have assembled here all work with a deep knowing—while some are full-on psychics, many use intuition as just one of their tools, whether it’s paired with acupuncture or astrology. In short, they can help navigate romances, tricky work situations, or purpose-of-life quandaries—while also confirming much that you already know to be true about yourself, but might have had trouble believing without outside confirmation. Some of these healers also have mediumistic tendencies, though we like them best for their skills assessing the here and now.

Mediums: True mediumship, or the ability to fully access loved ones on the other side, is the highest form of intuition, and fully developed and skilled mediums can be very difficult to find (they are given information that they must translate correctly, which requires an intense amount of energy and ability). Unless you have well-established faith that our souls survive and can connect with us from the other side, set up a reading in such a way that you can absolutely trust the information. We have tested the mediums that we have included, which means that beyond coming to us highly recommended, they have also done at least one blind reading for a member of the goop team, or a friend of goop, where they didn’t know who they were going to talk to in advance of the call. Many of them also work with organizations like the Forever Family Foundation and the Windbridge Institute, who have established very strict testing parameters for inclusion in their organizations.

There are many fraudulent or under-developed mediums working today, which can have cruel implications for those who are deep in grief, so if you don’t choose to go with one of the mediums on our list, take a recommendation from a trusted friend. While a skilled medium can act as a telephone to loved ones on the other side, they should not be used as therapists: The best mediums see themselves solely as connection initiators, with the goal of giving you and your departed loved one the faith and tools to continue the conversation without them, through established signs and even dream visitations.

One other important point: It’s not really how it appears on TV, as the very best mediums are not 100-percent accurate, but typically will get about 75 to 85 percent of information correct. Some information will not land at all and some might come true down the line. Once you feel confident that a medium has delivered enough evidential information to trust the connection (initials, names, dates, etc.) then it is okay, in our world, to work with them to some extent to help them understand what they are seeing. Most mediums see signs and symbols or references to people in their lives who might be in parallel—this is what they are translating. So, to use an example from Laura Lynne Jackson, if they are shown an apple, it could mean that someone is a teacher, a baker, a New Yorker, an Apple fanatic, an Apple employee, etc. Feel comfortable asking them to re-interpret. It’s a good idea to tape your session so you can transcribe it and refer back. Keep in mind that you do not need to see a medium in-person—they can connect over the phone or through Skype.

While Gina practices Reiki and past-life regression, go to her for her mediumship, as she offers profound healing and connection to those who have passed to the other side (cue the tears). Not only does she bring through very validating and specific stories and details (names, dates, etc.), but she delivers important messages from loved ones—about life path and purpose, and relationships that may be coming or may need to go. While some mediums insist on little to no participation other than yes and no (which is fine, particularly at the beginning when you’re waiting to hear details that make you trust the connection), Gina is ultimately highly collaborative, which means that you can go quite deep. Gina typically reads over the phone, but she also schedules small group readings in her office, which are a great option for families. She volunteers for the Forever Family Foundation, so you can catch her at their events and grief retreats as well.