Should You Choose a Face-To-Face or Online Psychic Reading?

Sarah Pritzker
In-Person vs Online Psychic Readings - Which is Better?
There are many things to bear in mind when you decide to consult a psychic. One of the many aspects to consider is whether to meet a psychic face to face or to choose a phone or online chat consultation. Obviously, there are a few variables that will guide your decision, such as accuracy, speed, price, availability and most importantly your sense of comfort.

There are many things to bear in mind when you decide to consult a psychic. One of the many aspects to consider is whether to meet a psychic face to face or to choose a phone or online chat consultation. Obviously, there are a few variables that will guide your decision, such as accuracy, speed, price, availability and most importantly your sense of comfort. We cover the pros and cons of all the factors involved so that you can make an informed decision.

Pros & Cons

Online Psychic Reading:


Always available

Lack of physical connection

Speedy response

Disreputable ‘psychics’ could spin out the process to keep you on the line longer

No risk that the replies are skewed by your body language or appearance

Missing the atmosphere of candles and incense typical at an in-person reading

Lower price


Only pay for the minutes you spend on the line


You can be more relaxed with more distance between you and the psychic


Face-to-Face Psychic Reading:


Can find a strong connection when you see and touch the psychic

Usually only available during working hours

Paying for a fixed session means you don’t feel pressure to talk fast

Relatively expensive

More relaxing to talk to someone in a calm, neutral environment

Risk of being scammed by fakes who respond to your unconscious cues


Have to pay upfront for a fixed session


Might need to wait until your psychic has a free slot

Ask yourself the following questions to help you decide whether a face-to-face or a distance psychic reading will be best for you.

Do You Need a Fast Response?

If you’re not in a hurry, you have the option to wait until you can arrange a face-to-face psychic consultation. You can even wait until your favorite psychic reader is available. However, if you need clarity soon, you might not be able to hang around waiting for a slot in someone’s schedule. Online psychics are always available. If you need answers immediately - whether it’s an urgent work decision or anxiety about a life issue - you can resolve it without delay by consulting an online psychic.

How Open is Your Schedule?

If (like most of us) you live a busy life, you may only have time to meet a psychic on the weekends or after work, when many have already ended their work day. Using the phone, email, or live chat to connect with a psychic opens up many more possibilities. You can get a reading on your own time, instead of rearranging your schedule to suit the psychic reader.Reputable psychics are available online, around the clock and all week. You don’t even need to spend time on traveling to meet him or her. Online or telephone psychic readings are definitely a wise choice for people who are short on time.

What About Accuracy?

Some people feel more comfortable meeting a psychic face to face. They may feel that they can check his or her reliability and authenticity better when they meet in person and feel more confidence in the accuracy of the psychic’s reading. Some people feel that they can achieve a stronger connection with the psychic if they can look them in the face, hear their voice, and feel the energy through their hands.

Still, an in-person appointment with a psychic can risk skewing the reading. Your tone of voice, subconscious body language, and other visual cues may prompt the psychic to give you the answers that you want to hear, instead of telling you the real answers that you need to hear.

Many fake psychics are highly in tune with body language and take cues from that instead of making a true psychic connection. Fake psychics can ‘prove’ their credentials by giving you personal information which they deduced from your clothing or appearance.

A genuine psychic can feel the psychic connection without having to see you, hear your voice, or even know any personal details. When you get a distance psychic reading, you know that the connection is real. A psychic email reading or live chat must be based purely on your aura or spirit guide. Of course, if you still prefer to see the psychic during the reading, you can find one who uses a webcam to add a visual connection.

How Much Are You Willing to Pay?

Sometimes, the price has to be what guides your choice between face-to-face and online psychic readings, and the truth is that an appointment with a psychic in person is expensive. Although some people feel reassured that a higher price means higher quality, there are very good reasons why genuine, powerful online psychics can charge lower prices. They can do away with costs like renting a business location to see clients, for example.

When you visit a psychic in person, you'll need to pay upfront for a full session of half an hour or an hour. This runs the risk of wasting the cost of a full session, even if you realize as soon as you meet the psychic that your connection is not going to be successful. You also have to cover the cost of an entire meeting even if you only need a quick answer to one issue that is troubling you. On the other hand, when you pay a fixed price per session you won’t worry that the psychic is dragging out the time.

In contrast, online or telephone psychics let you pay for the amount of time you spend on the line. If you get an answer after 5 minutes or immediately realize that you don’t like the vibes of this psychic, you can quickly end the conversation and move on. Websites like Psychic Source offer psychic readings for as little as $1 per minute, while psychic sites that offer the first few minutes free, like Keen, give you the opportunity to gain clarity on a quick question. Both of these sites also have a satisfaction guarantee so you know you won’t pay for an experience that disappointed you.

How Relaxed Will You Feel?

This is an entirely personal decision - whether you would feel more relaxed having a distance psychic reading or when meeting the psychic face to face. Some clients find clarity through the process of meeting and relaxing with the psychic in person and are put off by the need to express themselves through the phone or online.

That said, it is often really awkward to talk about sensitive subjects face to face. Many people feel more relaxed when there is some distance between them and the psychic. They feel able to talk more freely about intimate issues when there's no eye contact and even when they know that the psychic only knows limited personal details. What's more, you'll probably feel more relaxed if you're sitting comfortably in your home than if you're in an unfamiliar environment. The more relaxed you are, the more intense the connection will be between you and the psychic, making the psychic reading clearer and more accurate.


It’s impossible to tell you whether an online or telephone psychic reading is going to be a better choice than face to face. Only you know which option you find most comfortable, and you’ll probably find that your preference varies depending on your stage in life, state of mind, and other factors. However, in terms of speed of response, availability, price, and accuracy we’ve found that a distance reading is preferable to face-to-face connections.

Sarah Pritzker
Sarah Pritzker is a content writer with years of experience and a keen interest in the vast world of online consumer products. She enjoys helping readers make sense of the options on the market in a variety of fields.