I’ve been working as a professional psychic medium & paranormal specialist for nearly 20 years and I’m available for psychic readings, intuitive healing work, paranormal home & business visits and property energy cleansings. I grew up in a haunted house so spending time in creepy locations oddly feels rather comfortably familiar to me. Doing this work continues to aid me in processing all that happened when I was a kid, and also leave me feeling grateful that I’m able to help others in similar circumstances. If you’d like to know more about my services you can scroll to the bottom of the page checking out some quoted references along the way. If you’re considering having me into your home though you probably want to know more about my history and what qualifies me to do this work.
Growing up as a psychic kid I was repeatedly told that what I saw, heard and experienced was all just the product of a youthful and overactive imagination. The spirit of a Chinese lady that would visit my bedroom most nights, however, begged to differ. I didn’t speak Chinese, I never knew what she was saying. I’d just scream to alert everyone that she or any of the more negative visitors were back. “But there’s no way there’s a Chinese lady in our house,” Mom would exclaim, adding, “You’ve got to stop this! Everyone is going to think you’re crazy!”
I can’t get over how different the bathroom here feels now, the whole apartment really. It’s like an entirely different home except for that one ghost and now that I know who he is and that he’s just passing through I find the whole experience amusing. Thank you for coming.David Arenas
By the age of 11 the “you must be crazy” idea was unfortunately settling in, but thankfully I discovered alcohol. Not only did it allow me to experience a previously unknown sense of ease and comfort in my own skin, the visions and visitations stopped. Determined to maintain my newfangled sense of freedom by drinking as often as possible, it wasn’t long before my drinking solution became a drinking problem. This downward spiral into alcoholism and drug addiction eventually ravaged everything in my life.
At 22-years-old and more broken than I could’ve thought possible, I landed in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. Sobriety, much to my surprise, turned out to be a most welcome wonder with a vast community of support and acceptance. A whole cast of characters loved me back to life. Everything was on an upward trajectory, except for one little problem – the psychic visions and visitors were returning. I needed help, didn’t know where to look, and my gift was becoming increasingly upsetting and unsettling to me and everyone.
Then one day at a coffee house I sat down at a table where someone had left a newspaper. Sitting in front of me was an advertisement for an open house at the Berkeley Psychic Institute. I went later that week and met two instructors who were very impressed with my untrained talents. They informed me that over time and with work I’d be able to gain control of my psychic experiences, so I spent the next two years enrolled in BPI’s Intensive Clairvoyant Training program, psychic meditation and intuitive healing classes. There I not only learned how to turn my psychic gifts on and off at will, I was also able to tune them in better and more clearer than ever before. I graduated from the Berkeley Psychic Institute in 2003.
Our dogs were always frantic barkers before Philo’s visit. We didn’t even know they could be this mellow.Anita Brey
The next few years I did professional psychic work helping people with their love lives, careers and other questions. Then in the fall of 2006 I met a friend for coffee and we started talking about a relatively new TV show we called Ghost Hunters. We liked the show, but I found the investigations wanting due to their complete lack of psychic understanding. We were enthused though and a few months later we started San Francisco Paranormal Investigations (SFPI) with the idea that bringing a psychic into paranormal work could only help generate greater scientific results. The structure of our first two investigations was that I would go in and see what was happening on a property first without any knowledge, then the tech crew would come in later with EMF detectors, EVP recorders and the like to see what they could find, while someone else would look into the property’s history.
Things changed on our third case investigating an apartment near Dolores Park. I walked up to the address and asked, “Who is the old lady in the pink bathrobe on the third floor staring down at us?” My friend said, “I think you’ll find out because that’s where we are going.” Inside the flat I had a lengthy conversation with the spirit of the old woman. She had lived in the apartment for forty years and she had no interest in leaving. She didn’t know that she’d died – which is so often the case. I asked if she wanted help moving on and she said no. I asked her if she could be more polite to the new tenants then, that she was in their home now, not visa versa. She said that she would.
When the tech part of SFPI’s investigation needed to begin that night only one crew member showed up so I stayed to help, and we all discovered the benefits of my doing so. I immediately verified that a woman’s voice captured on an EVP recording was that of the previous tenant. At another point our crew member was engaged with an energy he thought was her, but I informed him that it was a middle-aged male spirit from the first floor that travels the building and came in to see what was going on. It was decided that night that going forward while the initital psychic home tour would still happen, having a psychic medium on the investigation itself was essential.
The house looks and feels fabulous. It felt as if we had returned to a completely different house.Richard Parker
After the investigation my friend informed me that we had been invited to the apartment where an agoraphobic woman had lived for 40 years and that the current tenants would see her apparition wearing a pink bathrobe sometimes, particularly in the kitchen. That was the moment my real love of psychic medium work on paranormal investigations began. As a psychic I’d received plenty of positive validation for my readings and healing work over the years, but the feeling I experienced being given concrete factual evidence to back up what I just saw and heard was really incredible. I could even hear my inner child shouting in delight, “Seeeeee, I told ya!”
Historical research has played a most interesting role and my friend was great at being able to look into the history on a property, often returning with names, death certificates and stories that backed up what we had encountered. This awareness eventually got me to have them look into the history of another building too – the house that I grew up in. And guess what? We learned something nobody in my family had been previously aware of, a little fact that for me changed everything. It turned out that our neighborhood had originally been built by and for Chinese railway workers and their families. The Chinese lady ghost did have a reason to be there after all.
San Francisco Paranormal Investigations was active for several years and helped a lot of people. I also started doing property cleansing and healing work at many locations which were successful most of the time and helped a lot of spirits move on. SFPI unfortunately fell apart not long after I moved to Los Angeles. Today that friend has a career where they don’t really want to have their name connected with ghosts and I respect that. There is a paranormal crew currently operating in the Bay Area with a similar name, though the two groups are unrelated.
That apartment sat empty for two years and wouldn’t rent. It just felt creepy. A few days after you were here it rented and they’ve been tenants now for several years.
Here in Los Angeles I primarily perform paranormal investigation visits solo. If after visiting a home or business I find it valuable to bring in additional support, then I will call in the reinforcements, but those cases are much rarer than television would have you believe. If you’re experiencing something paranormal where you live or work please know that you’re not alone, nor are you the least bit crazy for taking your concerns seriously. We all deserve to live in homes that feel safe, that are our sanctuary.
If you’re in need of paranormal assistance or are interested in a psychic reading or intuitive healing session send me an email. You can also check out my Frequently Asked Questions page first and I will get back to you at the first real opportunity.