Psychics: the new therapists?
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Posted 18 May 2010 - 07:14 AM
Madonna and Angelina Jolie have their mediums on speed-dial – even Cheryl Cole is said to have seen a psychic about her marriage. It seems more women are turning to those in touch with the afterlife in times of trouble
When Tracey Fawcett's three-year marriage began to break down, she turned to the one person she knew would get her through the trauma: her psychic.
Tracey is a middle-class mum and works as a bookkeeper - and admits using psychic readings the same way other women use therapists. Kooky? Maybe. Bonkers it appears not. Psychics are becoming the must-do therapy.
Cheryl Cole, 26, is reported to have visited celebrity medium Jusstine Kenzer for advice on her split from love-rat husband Ashley. And she's in good company. Stars like Katie Price, Teri Hatcher, Mel B and Pearl Lowe are also reported to have regular psychic readings.
"I've been using psychics since I was 15," says Tracey, from Thirsk, North Yorkshire. "Some of my friends think I'm crazy, but I'm convinced it works."
After watching psychic Katie Keeley on Psychic TV in 2008, Tracey phoned her for a tarot reading. "She described my marriage perfectly," Tracey says. "I'd had a crisis of confidence at work, which had begun to affect the rest of my life. I was struggling to be the bubbly woman my husband Nick* had fallen in love with, and he'd moved out. Katie said he was upset about the change in me because he knew I was unhappy. She was right."
After the 20-minute reading, Katie told Tracey that her husband would come back. So, instead of moving on, she relied on her psychic readings for advice on how to make that happen. Over the next nine months, Tracey spoke to Katie twice a week, with each 10-minute reading costing around £25.
"I never told Katie what was happening, but she always knew," says Tracey, 32. "She'd tell me that Nick would call in three days' time, and he would. She'd tell me how I should react, that I needed to stay calm, and I'd take her advice."
Just before Valentine's Day last year, Tracey had another reading and was told to expect a surprise red gift from her estranged husband. "She said it would arrive two days before Valentine's Day - and it did," Tracey says.
On February 12, she came home from work to find a red Audi parked on the driveway. Excitedly realising this was the surprise Katie had told her about, she called Nick immediately - and the pair began talking more regularly. "Nick's generous gift was a huge step," says Tracey. "It was a positive sign for our relationship - and Katie had seen it coming.
"A few months on, Katie told me it was time to tell Nick how I truly felt and that, once I had, he'd be back in a week."
Tracey called her estranged husband and said they needed either to be reunited, or split for good. A week later, Nick, 32, who runs a car company, moved back home.
Coincidence? A fluke even? You could say so. But Tracey insists it was all down to her psychic guidance. "I only got through that difficult time in my life because of Katie's help and advice," she says. The couple are now expecting a baby later this month - Katie also predicted the pregnancy.
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