You've likely heard phrases like, "all humans are mammals but not all mammals are human." This concept of one thing being another but the other thing not necessarily being the only type of the former thing is an important distinction when attempting to differentiate between a psychic and a medium. They are not necessarily the same thing.
Let's do a little defining first. A medium is a person who has an active connection to the Spirit world and is often able to communicate with those who have passed over, Spirit Guides, and other spiritual entities and energies. Furthermore, all mediums are psychic. On the other hand, a psychic is a person who is able to tune into the energy of people and objects and can use this energy to look at determine things about the past and future. Moreover, psychics tend to rely heavily on their intuition and gut feelings to make predictions. Not all psychics are mediums.
I tend to work primarily as a psychic, but I am also a medium. I find that mediumship takes an entirely different level of concentration, awareness, and energy output to perform while psychic work tends to come a bit more easily. Because we have all lost a loved one, most people tend to want to know more about mediumship and how it works, so it is my goal to explain that to you.
My experience as a psychic medium will not be the same as someone else's. When working as a psychic medium and I "see" Spirit via clairvoyance, people often wonder if I'm actually seeing the spirit physically (as it were) in the room. Yes and no. If you grew up in the late 1980's and early-mid 1990's, you will remember transparencies from your school classrooms. A teacher was able to take a see through sheet of paper and placed it upon a machine which would blow up the image on the paper and project it onto the wall. This is how I experience Spirit when seeing them. It is much like someone places a transparency upon the world. "Hearing" Spirit is much different. I actually get words written across a huge mental movie screen that I'm then able to read and relay to a client.
As with any profession, there are mediums that specialize in certain things such as helping law enforcement solve crimes. There are other mediums that help trapped souls cross over to the other side. I do not deal in law enforcement at all and I've only ever had to help a trapped soul crossover once, which is something that occurred when I assisted a friend who was living in a genuinely haunted house.
I think it is important to note that despite what a psychic may tell you regarding your future, you must realize that nothing seen is completely set in stone. Energy patterns change and there's the whole concept of free will. I've also found that working as a medium, oftentimes it's not the crossed over that require my assistance-it's those they've left behind that are having the trouble dealing with their absence.
With any reading, it's important to keep an open mind and set a positive intention for Spirit so that you're able to get the most out of your experience that you can. Let your intuition and gut lead you to who should do a reading for you, keeping in mind that there is no one closer to your departed loved ones than you!