Bob Olson: What label
or description do you give yourself when a
asks what you do for work?
Joanne Gerber: I am an evidential psychic medium.
The word "evidential" is a very significant
term in its application to my work. During a mediumistic
reading, I link with the spirit side of life,
using my highly attuned senses of a clairvoyant,
clairaudient and clairsentient to bring through detailed
evidence of proof of survival, after the physical
change called "death". That evidence may
include: a physical description of the person being
contacted, a description of their personality, how they
passed, names, significant dates, shared memories,
things they might have said, descriptions of a home
where they lived, or objects that have been gifted to
the sitter prior or after the passing. The spirit
communicator may also provide information to prove that
they are around you, by giving information specific to
situations and occurrences in your life. Once the spirit
communicator has been established, I will then talk with
the spirit to ask what they would like to convey as a
message to the sitter. It is a three way communication
process between the sitter, the spirit world, and
myself as a psychic medium. Sometimes many spirits will
come through during a reading, and also pets that
have passed can come through.
When I am giving a psychic reading, I
read a person's energy field, or the aura, and connect
to their soul vibration, through the use of my finely
tuned senses, giving detailed information about past,
present and future life issues, consulting with spirit
guides, masters, teachers and angels, to bring through
the highest and best guidance for the sitter.
Since I am a psychic medium, loved ones in spirit world who want
to be acknowledged may decide to "drop in"
during a psychic reading.
Bob Olson: When did you first recognize
that you had this gift?
Joanne Gerber: Growing up, I was always a
sensitive child. I first realized I had this gift
as a very young child, at about the age of eight,
when I first began to see spirit. I was discouraged
from openly talking about my experiences, and the spirit
encounters that I was having were dismissed as
"my imagination" by the surrounding adult
world. The "imaginary friend" that I had
during my childhood was validated almost thirty years
later as an actual child of the earth plane who had
passed to spirit. The exact description of this
child was given to me during a reading I received by a
platform medium at a Spiritualist Church. At the age of
twelve, just months after my maternal grandmother
had passed, I was able to see her standing at the foot
of my bed, and I could hear her talking to me. At the
age of thirteen, I had a near death experience.
I began to see and hear more. The impressions that
I was receiving became stronger. It was not until
later in my adult life that I made a conscious decision
to learn more about what I was experiencing. I read many
books and took many classes. There are way too many
experiences to describe within this one interview.
Maybe someday you will read about it in my book!
Bob Olson: When did you begin
doing this work professionally?
Joanne Gerber: I was blessed with the opportunity
to work as a professional psychic medium about five
years ago. I had been receiving numerous signs from
spirit that my work as a psychic medium and
teacher is my "calling", and put my trust in
spirit, surrendering my previous profession to do
this work on a full time basis. I followed the flow of
the energy, and through the grace of God, giving
readings and teaching classes became my full time
profession. I am both honored and grateful for this
lifetime opportunity. To this day, I have literally
given thousands of readings throughout the US and
Bob Olson: Have you had any
formal training or instruction for this work?
Joanne Gerber: When I began my development
process, I attended spiritual development and meditation
classes three to four nights a week, in which it was
discovered that I was a naturally gifted psychic medium. I
also attended and continue to attend many other
spiritual philosophy classes, including classes of
Spiritualism, Kabbalah, healing and energy work which
has helped to enhance my own spiritual growth and
mediumistic development. I currently attend and
serve as lecture and medium in weekly Spiritualist
Church services. Over the years, I have taken many
classes and workshops with the best teachers from
the US and England. I value the importance
of education and experience in regard to my work.
Bob Olson: What other educational degrees,
certifications or learned skills do you have that help
you in this work?
Joanne Gerber: I have a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Business Administration and Marketing. I am
Reiki Certified, and hold certification in both Clinical
and Metaphysical Hypnosis. I have a Certificate of
Achievement for Outstanding Performance of Mediumistic
Ability. I have been a student of Spiritualism,
Kabbalah, Buddhism, Science of the Mind, Unity,
Astara and many other spiritual pathways. I read and
research articles on science, spiritual philosophy and
metaphysics continually, and strongly believe in a
daily practice of meditation, prayer, affirmations and
gratitude. I am also a member of The Association for
Research and Enlightenment, The International
Association of Counselors and Therapists, and the
American Board of Hypnotherapy.
Bob Olson: What is your intention or motivation
for doing this work?
Joanne Gerber: My intention with my work is to
use my natural gifts and abilities in their
fullest capacity to help those who are looking to
connect with loved ones on the other side, and to help
provide spiritual education, enlightenment,
guidance and healing. I am motivated by the
desire to help heal with spirit through compassion, love
and understanding. The true joy of my work comes
from a place of love, dedication, sincerity and
integrity in my work as a psychic medium and teacher.
Bob Olson: How long do your readings last and why
did you choose this length of time?
Joanne Gerber: I offer one hour private
sessions, in person and by telephone, and also half hour
sessions by telephone. I do suggest the hour
reading, which I term as a "full
session". Since we are already making a connection,
the one hour session allows for more time to bring
through more information. I also offer both private
and group readings.
Bob Olson: What can one expect during a normal reading
Joanne Gerber: I first ask the client if they are
looking to connect with someone who has passed, (a
mediumistic reading) or if they are looking for helpful
guidance for life issues (a psychic reading). Some
people just want to experience a reading, without any
particular agenda in mind, which is fine, and may chose
to experience both a combination of a mediumistic
and psychic reading. I always tell clients not to
volunteer any information about themselves or about the
person in spirit they want to connect with. The less I
know about a person or of their people in spirit, the
better I am able to work. This is a case where
"less equals more".
Once I have assessed a clients needs of how I can best
serve them, I then explain the process of the reading,
and how I will go about presenting the
evidence and information during the course of the
reading. I give the sitter the opportunity to ask any
questions they may have pertaining to the process before
the reading begins. I believe it is important for the
client to feel comfortable and at ease. I always
begin the reading with a prayer and invocation,
asking for spirit guides, angels, masters, teachers, and
loved ones on the other side to be present in helping to
facilitate the session.
Sometimes a client will come to a
reading with specific questions. My response to
that is to allow me to work in the most "natural
way", which is to channel through the information
that I am receiving, and then if there are still
questions remaining, they are welcome to ask their
questions. I find that most of the time, spirit
knows what the questions are, and will provide the
answers before a client has the opportunity to
ask. However, the reading is an open and interactive
format, and the client is welcome to ask any questions
that may come to mind at any time during the
reading. An important aspect of spirit communication is
to provide evidence of the survival of the spirit after
the change called death so that there is no doubt in the
sitters mind that they have been in contact with their
loved ones on the other side. In every
reading, I work to my fullest potential to provide
the utmost evidence, and sometimes this evidence can be
I do not believe in being vague, and I
use this as an example: "Your grandfather is
around you and he loves you." When your grandfather
or anyone else from the spirit side of life is
communicating with you during your reading, I am
going to ask the individual spirit to provide sufficient
evidence that you can understand in relationship
to the communicating spirit. Just to say that a specific
person from spirit is "around" is not
evidential enough to meet my criteria as a psychic medium.
Clients will often provide me with feedback of a reading
weeks to months to years after a session has taken
place, validating some of the evidence that at the
time of the reading was unknown to the sitter, and this
can be truly amazing. I receive these kinds of
emails quite frequently, and I like posting the feedback
from my clients to the testimonial pages of my website.
It helps people to understand the nature of a reading,
and that a reading is never a scary experience, but
quite the opposite. Towards the end of the session, the
client has the opportunity to ask any questions not
Bob Olson: How is a reading with you
"similar" to what people have seen on TV when
John Edward gave a reading on his show "Crossing
Over With John Edward?"
Joanne Gerber: I have a lot of respect and
admiration for John Edward. He has opened many minds
along with other TV mediums and TV shows like Medium to
educate people about spirit and spirit communication,
and is somewhat responsible for the popularity of
the newly generated interest for contacting a psychic medium.
Ironically, many people have referenced my work to be
similar to the work of John Edward. If you enjoy
the John Edward Show, you will enjoy the experience of
having a session with me.
Bob Olson: How is a reading with you
"different" to what people saw on TV when John
Edward gave a reading on his show "Crossing Over
With John Edward?"
Joanne Gerber: The John Edward
Show is a public demonstration of mediumship. I also
participate in many public demonstrations, which I love
to do. However, nothing compares to being able to enjoy
a private individual session. It is more up close
and personal than a public demonstration.
Bob Olson: What instructions do
you give new clients before a reading?
Joanne Gerber: My intention is to serve you in
the very best way that I can, and offer you the very
best possible reading. As we know, intention is
everything. You may want to send your love to those in
spirit before your session. Love is the energy that
can help strengthen the connection with the spirit
world. Spirit is intelligent, and most likely
already knows that you have scheduled your session with
Bob Olson: Is there anything about your gift or
abilities that is unique from most other psychics
or psychic mediums?
Joanne Gerber: Since other psychic mediums have their own
unique way of working, I can only speak for myself. As a
psychic medium, I have taken an "oath" with spirit to
help and to heal through my work. I put all of my
energy into my work, and have confidence in
knowing that I am giving the very best that I have to
offer. I measure this by how often clients express
their gratitude for having a session. Often clients
tell me that their experience has been both uplifting
and enlightening, and has brought them a sense of well
being, after just one session.
Bob Olson: If you do events, seminars, workshops,
lectures or retreats, tell us about them. What are they
like, how often do you do them and how do people benefit
from attending them?
Joanne Gerber: I teach classes
and workshops in beginner and advanced levels of psychic
and mediumistic development, past life regression,
meditation and various other spiritual classes on
an ongoing basis. The classes are taught at new age
shops and wellness centers throughout the US. I
believe in assessing each students developmental
needs individually, not collectively, so that each
student can gain the most from their educational
I lecture and offer mediumship at
Spiritualist Churches services, and hold small public
and private "Evenings of Spirit
Communication", at various locations. I have been a
guest speaker and mediumship demonstrator at Chiron
Expos and The Whole Health Expo. I enjoy offering public
demonstrations of mediumship, and love to travel
with my work.
For more information about my classes,
workshops, special events and travel schedule, I advise
people to check my website often at: www.joannegerber.com
Bob Olson: Do you do phone
readings, in person readings or both?
Joanne Gerber: I offer both private in person
readings and phone readings, and Internet readings
for the hearing impaired. I also offer group readings in
my office, at new age stores, wellness centers and
at a residence or place of business.
Bob Olson: How does one contact
you to set up an appointment for a reading?
Joanne Gerber: To schedule an appointment for a
private or group reading, please call me at: 781-883-5403, or email me at:
I'll be happy to provide you with
Bob Olson: Is there anything you would like
people to know about you or your gift that we have not
Joanne Gerber: Mediumship is a sacred gift. As a psychic medium, I value, appreciate, honor and respect my
work with spirit. I am spiritual, enthusiastic,
energetic, compassionate and passionate with my work. I
am serious and sometimes, a little humorous.
Laughter is healing. I am doing exactly what I
love to do. There is nothing more fulfilling than
the ability to help and to heal others. I know that
there are many who feel the same need to help
others. There are many books and classes to help you to
expand your consciousness. Learn from yourself and learn
from others. The right path is always the path from the
heart. Listen to your heart... and don't be
afraid to follow your dreams. Allow God and
the universe to work with you... just let go and