The Psychic Client Styles
Having been a professional psychic for many years now I can tell you that people have different reasons and motives for getting a psychic reading. In this article I will explain and describe nine of these motives and client styles. These motives, or as I call them Client Styles, will help others in the new age field know how to deal with the various types and it will help the lay person figure out what type they are and open themselves up to trying a new style.
First, however, it’s important to understand that when I speak of a psychic reading I’m referring to intuitive consulting, intuitive coaching, or intuitive consulting sessions. I am also referring to tarot card readings, mediumship readings (sometimes called spirit communication), astrology readings, and numerology readings. In essence, any service which falls under the new age banner.
Psychic Client Style One: Fun Seekers
Many people seek out such spiritual sessions because they are fun and entertaining. They don’t really believe in “that sort of stuff”, but they’ll entertain the idea of hearing about their future or getting their fortune told for the fun of it. Along the way if something shocking or revealing comes up from the past they may be surprised and wonder “How did you know that?!”
For the most part they’ll simply forget about their session shortly after it is over. These people need to be entertained and trying to get serious with them goes nowhere. So as a reader have fun and enjoy the session! It’s unusual for these individuals to pay standard industry session fees. If they can get a quick palm reading or tarot reading for 10 or 15 bucks fine, but to pay $35-100 dollars for a session, in their eyes, is ridicules and a waste of money. You’ll usually find them at parties and social gatherings.
Style Two: The Debunker
These people get psychic readings with one purpose in mind; to prove the psychic wrong. It doesn’t matter how good the reader is or what they say, it is all subject to disapproval and it’s wrong. They will purposely look for flaws in the reading to point them out and heckle the reader. They believe that all readers and sessions are scams meant to take money from the client.
Typically the best way to deal with them is by not dealing with them at all: “I’m sorry the session doesn’t seem to be going well for you today. I feel really bad. I must be having an off day. Let’s stop the session. I’m going to give you your money back and maybe we can try again some other day.” This prevents the reader from wasting their time and energy; it also allows the client to get their money back so they can’t say negative or bad things about the psychic.
Style Three: The Tester
The Tester and Debunker share many common characteristics at first. Both appear to be skeptical and both will look for flaws in the session. This is especially true of the Tester at the beginning of the session. The Tester has been around long enough to know that there are people who work in the field that are truly attempting to help and do good and that there are people in the field that are looking to just get their money. They want to be sure they are getting the “real deal.” They will typically start a session out by talking about how great some other session was that they had – this is done to see if it shakes up the reader and to see how the reader responds. My typical response is “It’s great you’ve had such an awesome session. Let’s hope this session is awesome as well.”
Many times these people purposely put up shields to block the reader. If the person doing the session isn’t getting any information or it appears to be wrong it’s best to take the approach one would normally take with the Debunker. Apologize for a bad session and offer the money back. This will typically be enough to get them to drop their guard and ask you to please try again. It’s amazing at how much better the energy and information will flow then.
Style Four: The Open Minded Skeptic
Of all the client styles this is the most important. These are people who typically have never had a session or psychic reading before. Some have had many sessions, but still maintain a healthy sense of skepticism. This helps to keep them grounded. If a first time client they don’t understand the power behind fields such as tarot reading, intuitive counseling, spiritual coaching, and mediumship. They want to believe, but they are smart enough to know that not everything is as it seems.
If they have had sessions before, they do understand the importance of these fields, but don’t allow themselves to get carried away by it. These people tend to be a lot of fun to read and it’s best to just be open and honest about your reading style and the information you get.
Style Five: The Straightforward Curious
The Straightforward Curious shares a lot in common with the Open Minded Skeptic. Their purpose for getting a session, however, is different. They want to know what’s coming up in their life and they want to be told the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s important as a reader to determine if they really are Straightforward Curious with both feet on the ground or if they are Straightforward Curious yet Gullible. If they really are straightforward curious and not Gullible, give them the type of session they are asking for. Do remind them, however, that they have the power to change the bad and ugly. If they also appear to be Gullible, it’s best to follow the advice listed for the Gullible type.
Style Six: The Spiritually Enlightened
These people not only believe in such sessions, but they are extremely in touch with their own psychic senses or intuitive powers. Many have also been on a spiritual path for years. Typically, they absorb information like a sponge and process it after the session. They tend to be easy to read for as they already know all their own answers, but are seeking confirmation from their reader. When their opinion and the readers differ they take the time to look at what they know and what has been given to them in the session. They then make decisions using all information available to them. Like the Open Minded Skeptic, the best way to work with them is by just doing the session and being as open and honest as you can.
Style Seven: The Gullible
This is a very dangerous client style; probably more so than any other. These people will believe anything! They also tend to get a lot of sessions as they are constantly seeking approval from their reader. With this client style a reader has a responsibility to remind them to do their own research and to fact check. A reader also must be very careful what they say to this client, as the client can actually make bad things happen in their own lives just be believing it’s going to happen. A reader should aim for the positive as much as possible and gently give negative information to such clients.
Style Eight: The Wounded
In the case of the Wounded, these clients have been seriously hurt and are seeking love and healing. These individuals probably should be seeing a counselor, not a psychic. Most will talk, talk, and talk some more severely limiting the psychic information that can be provided. As with the Gullible, the reader should aim for the positive as much as possible and be gentle with negative information. Additionally, it would be wise for the reader to learn to listen. In my experience, I estimate about 60% of clients fall under this client style.
These people consider a good session one where they leave feeling better and uplifted. They usually don’t want you making decisions for them, but they want concrete ideas on what they can do to heal and move their life forward.
Style Nine: The Energy Addiction Seeker
These clients are just seeking energy from the reader. They many times will resemble the Gullible or the Wounded, the difference is everything the reader tells them is either wrong or can’t happen or isn’t possible. Despite this, they will come for a session sometimes as often as 3-5 times a week. They also are known for psychic hopping. In other words, they have sometimes as many as five to ten different psychics they talk to, sometimes in a given day!
A reader has an ethical obligation to cut these clients off or to limit them to the number of session they can have. While it may hurt the cash flow, it will help them to take more control over their lives and to understand their addiction. Sessions themselves should focus on addressing the most important issues the client has and helping them to understand they have the power to do things on their own without needing input from others.
Recognizing these clients is easy. If they mention what other psychics have told them or indicate they are seeing another psychic soon they are probably an Energy Addiction Seeker Client. If you leave the session feeling drained and wiped out, it’s possible you were dealing with an Energy Addiction Seeker Client.
It’s important to remember that sometimes a client can fall into more than one of these categories and that is okay. These categories are by no means all inclusive, but they are a starting point for readers and intuitive practitioners to start to think about the types of people they work with. Likewise, they are good for those who receive sessions to look at so they can understand how their thoughts/behaviors can impact a session and life itself.