Psychic or Medium? Is There a Difference?

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I am asked this question a lot! What’s the difference between a psychic and a medium?

Here are basic definitions to help you better understand.

Psychics are intuitive and are picking up information from a person’s energy field (also called aura) or in some other “sixth sense” way, which means beyond their five senses. 

Mediums have an ability to communicate with those who have passed on. Mediums are also psychic, whereas psychics aren’t always mediums.

Whether one refers to him- or herself as a psychic medium, spiritual medium, intuitive medium or any other similar title, it's all essentially the same thing—the emphasis being on talking to spirits in the afterlife. While I refer to myself as a "psychic medium," there is a big difference between a psychic and a medium.

A psychic isn't necessarily a medium, but a medium is a psychic. This is an important distinction and a good place to start, because I meet clients all the time who misunderstand the difference and confuse the two.

Psychics tune into the energy of people or objects by feeling or sensing elements of their past, present and future. Simply put, psychics rely on their basic sense of intuition and psychic ability to gather information for the person being read.

Mediums take it a step further. A medium uses his or her psychic or intuitive abilities to see the past, present and future events of a person by tuning into the spirit energy surrounding that person. This means mediums rely on the presence of non-physical energy outside of themselves for the information relevant to the person being read.

It is important to understand that the medium’s job is to not to pass on messages to the departed. “They” can understand everything or anything you might want to say or convey. Yes, they do hear you! The medium’s job is to deliver messages from the other side that will be helpful to the person who is grieving or seeking assistance. 

To better illustrate the difference, let’s consider how a psychic might “read” you. Maybe they are hearing (clairaudience), seeing (clairvoyance), knowing (claircognizance) and feeling (clairsentience). For many it can be a combination of one or more. Basically, they are able to pick up information in the energy field surrounding your body, remember this is called an aura. The aura contains information specifically about you. Things like how you are feeling, the state of your physical health and past hurts you continue to relive. Based on the information they perceive, they can also use it to predict the future. Psychics come in many shapes and sizes. Meaning not all psychics and their abilities are alike.

Mediums, on the other hand, rely on their psychic abilities to pass on information to you. But, they are also making a connection between spirit and themselves. They are the channel for communication between where we are and the other side.


The emphasis of my work is mediumship: making connections with and delivering messages from people who are no longer living to those who still are. I receive information primarily and directly from the dead, spirit guides and angels. 


While there are a few different forms of mediumship, I work as a mental medium, which means I communicate with spirits through the use of telepathy. Spirits impress my mind and body with thoughts and feelings that come in the form of the "clairs," explained above. I get information from the major four “clairs,” which means I mentally "hear" (clairaudience), "see" (clairvoyance), "know" (claircognizance) and/or "feel" (clairsentience) messages from spirits. I like to say that I act as the bridge between the spiritual and the physical world, with the intention of healing both worlds.

And now you know the rest of the story ... even better, you have a clear understanding of who to call for what! If you are seeking guidance or direction, predictions or dealing with life challenges, then call a psychic. If you are wanting to make contact with a loved one who has passed, then you’d want to see a medium. Problem solved. I offer both!