The dangers of psychic counsel: is regulation in the crystal ball?
Robyn Lester is a registered nurse, psychic (“clairvoyance, clairsentience & psychometry”) and “counsellor”. Lorraine Janice offers clairvoyant readings, bush remedies and holds a “Diploma of Counselling”. Kristy V ”tells you what your best friend won’t” through “psychic counselling sessions”. Along with visions of the future, hotlines to the dead and connections to past lives, many psychics and mediums are providing counselling services they aren’t qualified to deliver. One industry insider says it’s putting lives at risk. “It is fraught with so many potential dangers,” Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar, a psychotherapist and counsellor who wants the government to step in, told Crikey. “People with no qualifications might be unable to spot particular problems that need quick, competent referral and treatment. It ranges from critical, life-threatening dangers to unqualified advice about how people should deal with issues in their life.” While most qualify their counselling services with terms like “psychic”, “holistic” and “spiritual”, some psychics advertise themselves as generic “counsellors”. As Kristy V — who offers her services via telephone, SMS, email and Skype — offers:
“Psychic Counselling is for you if you have concerns that you wish to understand and explore with the goal of letting them go. Your Psychic Counselling Sessions support you to transform yourself.”
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