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.
Xochi Balfour[email protected] | +44.77.4808.6296
Xochi Balfour is quickly becoming the face of millennial healing in London, working with clients in their twenties and thirties who need coping strategies for stress and burnout. Xochi meets with clients at her home for one to two sessions and uses a range of techniques customized to individual needs. Through anything from guided chakra meditation and sound healing to nutritional and skincare advice, she helps her clients develop their own personal toolkit for wellness and sets them on their way.
Katie Light| +44.75.5400.3070
Trained in both the ancient art of Reiki and the modern science of neurolinguistic programming, Light combined the two to create her own approach, aptly named the Light Technique. Light generally sees patients for a course of four to six appointments and combines talk therapy with Reiki, the idea being that the Reiki relieves pain and helps you relax, while the NLP helps to change our own deeply held habits and beliefs—that's when the real breakthroughs happen. Each session is tailored to the client and Light regularly helps people with everything from stress and anxiety to weight gain, hormonal imbalance, grief, and fatigue. Her massages in and of themselves are a treat.
Tanya Corona1069 York St., The Mission | 415.350.6585
Reiki and spiritual healing are definitely not for everyone, but if it's not your first alternative therapy rodeo, Tanya Corona is kind of a one-stop-shop. She's trained in Reiki, chakra clearing, and crystal and sound healing, and her healing activation sessions combine a little bit of everything.
Kelsey Patel[email protected]
While Kelsey Patel is highly intuitive, and skilled at everything from Reiki to tapping, it's the way that she manages to stitch it all together into something actionable and concrete that makes sessions a great investment. She worked on Capitol Hill in her former life, so she brings a certain real-world pragmatism that's a nice counter to her work with crystals. As a bonus, she's very plugged into the LA wellness scene, so is full of fantastic advice and a deep rolodex should you need a referral.
Shaman Durek[email protected]
Born in Northern California to an African Haitian father and an East Indian, Norwegian mother, Shaman Durek comes from a long lineage of spiritual practitioners including Seven Day Adventist ministers, oracles, and spiritualist faith healers. A session with Durek is a full-body experience, as he calls on his own spirit guides and elders to move and purge stuck energy. This can be a very intense process (vomiting is not atypical)—time with him is probably best suited for those who have experienced energy healing before. While he can occasionally be found in Los Angeles, Durek spends a lot of his time in Turkey, and other areas of global unrest.
Andi Scarbrough2821 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica | 310.998.0021
Sure she can give you a haircut and highlights, but Andi Scarbrough's real gift is in her energy work, specifically a combination of intuition, Reiki, and hands-on healing which is part of her Crown Works treatment. In short, she sits you in her chair for a chat (here she explains why hair stylists are uniquely prepared for energy work), hands you a crystal, and then uses her hands, essential oils, tuning forks, and a special rose quartz comb to shift your mood. The treatment is subtle, but magical, and worth it even if you're not in the mood for a cut.
Ashley Brothers[email protected] | 206.550.6292
It's difficult to articulate Ashley's full scope, as she offers everything from psychopomp (helping souls transition to the other side, like a death doula) to soul retrieval (finding unresolved traumas from past lives and energetically healing them). It is pretty much as mysterious as it sounds: Deeply intuitive, Ashley will riff on everything from your spirit guides to your spirit animals, touching on life path and purpose and the soundness of your relationships. She's based in Sedona, but also does sessions over the phone.
Morgan Yakus' first career was in fashion (she co-owned the NYC boutique No. 6, the creator of the downtown ubiquitous clog boot), until she felt a strong pull to explore hypnosis. While most of her practice revolves around inducing the brain into a theta state (not fully under) to help influence and re-train the brain around blocks, anxiety points, and obsessions, she also trained (and is certified) in past life regression with Dr. Brian Weiss, the author of Many Lives Many Masters. She helps clients with everything from insomnia and weight loss to stress, trust, and intuition opening. She operates out of both New York and Los Angeles.
Claudia Halsell3903 E. Pima St., Tucson | 520.881.7337
Claudia’s laidback way will immediately put you at ease—partnered by the fact that she’s refreshingly astute: She will zero in on the points of your body where you’re feeling pain or discomfort, and an hour later, you’ll emerge feeling peacefully realigned. Claudia works out of a private practice in Tucson, Arizona—and at the Canyon Ranch wellness resort there, where she’s known for her Healing Touch sessions, which draw on Reiki techniques.
Gianantonio Corna1133 Broadway, Nomad | 646.884.3851
Italian-born, NYC-based Gianantonio Corna has studied a number of different healing modalities, including Tibetan naturopathy and craniosacral therapy; his Reiki sessions are absolutely incredible.
Kiki Matoba[email protected] | 619.987.4578
Kiki’s Reiki sessions (complete with a magic bag of crystals) are transformative, sure, but what’s really cool are her long-distance healing sessions care of Reiki chants. As she explains, energy is in everything, everywhere, and can travel across time and space.
Rae Patterson| 512.694.0324
Rae’s Reiki-focused practice, Blue Sky Healing, has its home base in Austin, Texas, but she also practices in New York and LA. In addition to her individualized healing sessions, Rae teaches master Reiki classes for those interested in learning themselves. (On this list, she’s trained Colleen McCann, as well as Santa Monica hair stylist/colorist, Andi Scarbrough, who incorporates body and energy work into her one-of-a-kind hair treatments.)