At first blush, Susan King seems like the type of person you’d meet at a neighborhood pub in London after work: cheerful, bubbly, given to exuberant exclamation. There’s nothing about her personality that gives you a sense of what she does for a living. She calls herself an “intuitive counselor” and sees clients several weeks a year at the Hotel Bel-Air (her next “residence” is scheduled for Nov. 4-9). A 60-minute counseling session costs $500.
What’s the difference between an intuitive counselor and a psychic, channel, clairvoyant or medium?
Some words carry lots of unintended baggage. In Europe you don’t hear “channel”; you do hear “medium.” Mediums are generally people who say they can have direct contact with people no longer living. That’s not what I do. I call myself an intuitive because I think it takes away any barriers and removes potential erroneous stereotyping. Intuition is something everyone “gets” and wants. I recall a business magazine article claiming intuition — or “going with their gut” — was the common denominator of the 10 most successful men in the United States.
So what exactly do you do?
When did you first recognize this talent?
I wouldn’t call it a talent — perhaps an ability that has grown stronger over many years. ... In my teens — you’re going to think I’m a nut case — I would sit in my bathroom a nose length away from the mirror for hours on end, looking for something inside me, because I was sure there was something there, other than body parts. I guess I thought if I looked long and hard enough, I would find my soul.
So when you look into your own crystal ball, so to speak, what do you see?
I do not sit and focus on what is in my future; sometimes I just instinctively know when something is coming at me. I would rather walk the path of life and weather the seas as I walk toward them, without too much advance notice. I try to be in the moment with my own life.