I’m really surprised it has taken me this long to write an article on
this topic. It is something I have thought about a lot since I switched
from being one to the other.
For many years I had a counselling practice which included individual
clients (and sometimes couples and groups) for various mental
afflictions, such as, addictions, mourning and depression, sleeplessness
and paranoia. I loved the work, but I often thought it was far from a
perfect model for helping people sort through their conundrums.
Many of my clients now are in therapy and for anyone in deep distress, I
do recommend they seek ongoing therapy. Furthermore, I suggest a
specific modality that I think would be the best medicine. Seeking the
advice of an oracle AND going for therapy is likely to be the best
approach of all. Why should one preclude the other?
General Problems with Psychotherapy
It’s critical to acknowledge too, that there is the right therapist for
everyone. Never assume that because a psychotherapist has facilitated
incredible change in the life of a relative or friend, they will also do
wonders for you. There is a magical pairing of client to therapist
Don’t apologize for shopping around. Therapists and clients need to
connect in a uniquely energetic way too. This is another problem with
the whole model of therapy! Typically, you are assigned a therapist by
an organization which will have nothing to do with a good match but
rather what is convenient. How can you possibly share your deepest,
soulful pain with someone you feel alienated from? You could end up
hurting yourself more than helping!
It can feel like, both as a client and therapist, that the process is
unnecessarily repetitive. You wonder how many times you’ll have to keep
going over the same problem before something finally shifts. This is
one of the reasons seeing a psychotherapist can be rather lengthy and
expensive. Depending on their orientation, education and fame,
psychotherapists may charge upwards of $250/hr. and if you need to see
them once or twice a week for a year or two, this can get impossibly
Other problems with psychotherapy may include a fear of being perceived
as mentally ill and weak. There might be a stigma against anyone seeing
a psychotherapist in the clients’ circle of family and friends which
means that going to therapy may further damage their self confidence.
Some people see themselves in that light which is why they just won’t
seek therapy. Period.
Not that seeking an oracle is a sure indicator of rock-solid sanity.
There are, however, innumerable ways to giggle away a psychic consult.
Doing it for fun, going along with a friend, curiosity or wanting to be
distracted and entertained can suffice. None of these reasons will stick
however, when discovered you are seeing a psychotherapist.
Why I’d Rather Be a Tarot Reader than a Psychotherapist
The main reason I like it so much better to be an oracle rather than a
psychotherapist is that I can say what I like. This indeed is the rub
and the main reason I like it so much more. I can say whatever I think
and/or feel about an issue. I don’t have strict rules of engagement to
abide where a therapist certainly does! It must be the client’s insight
that brings resolution to an issue, not the therapist’s. That would be
leading, controlling, projecting or manipulating a client. I don’t
worry about that as an oracle. I don’t worry about power over a client
or what I say might have a lifetime impact on their whole self concept.
Psychotherapists have a myriad of things outside the therapy room they
must consider – insurance companies, government and certification bodies
for starters. If they are associated with a doctor, then the medical
community will be involved too.
Confidentiality is a constant issue especially if an organization (ie
insurance company or company the clients is working for) is paying for
it. This means report writing, submissions, diagnosis and treatment
Another huge problem for me of course is that spiritual insights are not
invited or taken seriously. Professional reputation” is a concern for
practitioners. What would their colleagues think hearing they were
using Tarot in their counseling sessions, for example?
How Counseling and Tarot Reading Have Different Approaches
A therapist may have insight into the significant other the client is discussing but they can’t/won’t talk about them
The focus in therapy is on the client and how they are going to work
with their relationships. In a Tarot reading I get a psychic sense and
will share that with the client helping them understand why the
relationship will succeed or is doomed.
For issues like getting a cancer
diagnosis, clients hesitate to go for therapy because there will be
focus on how they feel (obviously not great!) as opposed to what their
chances are of survival.
A psychotherapist will concentrate on
the client’s skill, experience and education. Specifically
concentrating on the gaps that must be addressed for future success. As a
reader, I consider these issues, but I will also discuss life purpose,
creative expression, and business development from a spiritual
perspective. This spiritual perspective includes a tarot reading, their
astrological sign and what they wanted to accomplish coming to
embodiment (life purpose).
There is such a thing. No
psychotherapist, however, will discuss them. Energy vampires, voodoo
practices, curses and luck are not something most clients will discuss
with a psychotherapist for fear they will be diagnosed as insane. As an
oracle I won’t disparage or judge ANY spiritual experience.
Although I’m cautious with respect to curses, I do believe they do exist
and if you would like to read more about my thoughts on curses read my article on them here
As far as energy vampirism, I’m 100% positive this nasty bit of work
does exist and will discuss strategies for dealing with it.
I wish you a glorious, autumnal Thanksgiving weekend! Gratitude is a
central tenet in all spiritual practices. When we have a day of thanks
collectively celebrated, it is the perfect occasion to take a moment to
set your intention to offer a sacred moment of gratitude work every day
of the coming year.