How to Find a Credible Spiritual Healer


It is not surprising that, with the prevalence of spiritual guidance, choosing a spiritual healer may seem like searching for a needle in a haystack. Whether your search involves recovering from relationship, psychological or bodily disorders, or you are somewhat content with life overall but simply want better quality out of it, finding the right intermediary is key. This guide will show you how.

Understanding Spiritual Healing

2.1 What is Spiritual Healing?

Spiritual healing is where spiritual energy is employed to help with healing in the physical, emotional and mental fields. It isn’t used instead of conventional medicine but as an auxiliary to it.

2.2 The History of Spiritual Healing

From the shamanic practices found in indigenous cultures to the energy healing of East Asian religions such as Reiki and Qigong, spiritual healing is as old as humanity, and even older than that. These process-oriented approaches draw on the insights of primal wisdom in both ancient and modern times, and reflect the most fundamental principles of spiritual practice that eventually find their way into the world’s major religions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. In this sense, spiritual healing is the most accessible and historical application of traditional spiritual practices, and therefore predates the more doctrinaire religion found in the New Testament.

2.3 Different Types of Spiritual Healing

Spiritual healing comes in various forms: reiki, energy healing, chakra balancing, faith healing, and the list goes on. Every form of spiritual healing has its methods and techniques of operating, because every client has different needs and beliefs.

The Importance of Finding a Credible Spiritual Healer

3.1 The Risks of Inexperienced Healers

This is especially true for newbie healers with a lack of experience who might accidentally make things worse by being ineffective in dealing with complex cases, or by presenting conflicting advice to medical treatment. Making sure your healer has experience is one way to mitigate this risk.

3.2 The Benefits of a Credible Healer

A good shaman – in whatever form – draws on knowledge, resources, wisdom and a willing heart. He or she can provide great comfort, safety, care, and healing through compassionate, individualised and authentic attention.

How to Identify a Credible Spiritual Healer

4.1 Research and Reviews

First, go online and search for potential healers. Read reviews and testimonials from past clients. If there are testimonials with detailed accounts of the clients’ experiences, this is usually a good sign.

4.2 Credentials and Certifications

Whether you are going for a massage or emotionally charged counselling; ask if the healer has any degrees from reputed institutions. While not mandatory, a certificate from an approved school or university can add to the healer’s credibility. It signifies that the healer has studied hard and knows what he or she is doing.

4.3 Personal Connection and Comfort

Trust your gut. It’s important to feel a connection and comfort with your healer. If something doesn’t feel right or you’re not comfortable, then keep on looking.

4.4 Ethical Practices

Good healers are honest and ethical, treating client confidentiality with respect, stating their methods clearly, and never guaranteeing a cure. Without ethical practice, trust cannot exist.

Questions to Ask a Potential Spiritual Healer

5.1 Experience and Background

Find out about their experience and background. How long have they been practising this form? What attracts them to it? Why did they start? Where did they learn?

5.2 Methods and Techniques

Ask them about their techniques – how do they do their work? What is their approach to healing? What are your expectations? Does this match their comfort level? Is it something that you can embrace?

5.3 Success Stories and References

Ask for examples of previous successes or references. One of the best ways to provide reassurance and validate the healer’s rubrics is to ask for other people’s stories of success.

Red Flags to Watch Out For

6.1 Unrealistic Promises

When someone promises too much, they’re a Healer Of Credulity, not someone to whom you can entrust your care. Credulity is about believing too much, not too little, of course, but you can never have too much healing. However, if you see a practitioner who insists that they can entirely heal you in a single session, celebrate your good fortune – you’ve found a shaman or healer with expertise that goes beyond any immediately identifiable pathology. On the other hand, if they’re offering you a quick-fix, they’re a shaman of credulity – offering false hope and picking potential clients on their most superficial ‘symptoms’. Healing is a process. One reason why discerning the ‘right’ practitioner involves shamanic ethnography is that they’ll always be up-front about the length of the journey.

6.2 High Fees Upfront

Be wary of healers who charge you a vast sum of money for their work in advance and do not tell you what it is they are doing. Spend your money on spiritual healing, but insist that the person doing the work is charging you a fee that will not impoverish you, or that you do not have to spend to gamble on your own life.

6.3 Lack of Transparency

Ultimately, you want to see some transparency. If the healer is vague about how they work, what qualifies them as a healer, or what you will be doing in sessions, then that should be a red flag. Openness and transparency are important.


It takes time and care to find a healer you respect, one whose belief system is not demonstrably opposite your own. If you approach without prejudice, do your homework, ask good questions, and listen to your instincts, it’s likely that you will connect with a healer who supports and enriches your unique spiritual path.


Q1: What qualifications should I look for in a spiritual healer?

Look for certifications from reputable institutions, experience in the field, and positive client testimonials.

Q2: How can I verify the credibility of a spiritual healer?

Research their online reviews, ask for references, and ensure they operate ethically (eg, with regard to confidentiality and transparency).

Q3: Are spiritual healers covered by health insurance?

Almost without exception, you will find that spiritual healing is not covered by your health insurance. Check to find out the details of your provider first.

Q4: How do I prepare for my first session with a spiritual healer?

Be prepared to describe your worries and ask questions about the process and what to expect.

Q5: Can spiritual healing replace traditional medical treatments?

Yes, spiritual healing is an auxiliary means to conventional medicine and should not replace traditional methods. If you are interested in spiritual healing methods or have any health issues, please consult your doctor first.

This article offers a comprehensive ‘how to’ on finding a spiritual healer so that your choice in healers becomes as informed and safe as possible.

How to Find a Credible Spiritual Healer