“Mile High Psychic Medium” Michelle Houchens displays a crystal she uses in some of her readings. Since opening her business five years ago, Houchens has become an internationally sought consultant.Photo by Peter Jones
By Peter Jones
Michelle Houchens was not always a happy medium.
“When I was about 5, I could see, feel and hear a lot of people’s feelings. I didn’t like it,” she said. “I grew up as a good Methodist girl. Nobody I knew had these abilities. My dad said, ‘I don’t even know what a psychic medium is.’”
For years, Houchens kept quiet about it, pursuing a career in traditional medicine. But even as she labored as a nurse in an intensive-care unit in inner-city Detroit, she lived a sort of secret life as an undercover psychic.
“I would know things,” Houchens explained. “I would have people look at me and say, ‘You’re very psychic.’ I’d say, ‘Shh!’”
Houchens spent decades in a kind of “denial,” working health care and sales jobs while only covertly using her psychic abilities. She says she did not fully “come out” as a psychic – in her words – until the age of 47.
“One day, I had an awakening. I was told, ‘You’re not doing your life’s purpose,’”
When Houchens hung out her psychic shingle, her quick success was not exactly predictable. Today – just five years later – the “Mile High Psychic Medium” has become a radio and television personality with more than 1,000 clients in a worldwide practice.
Clients ranging from CEOs to housewives have flocked to Houchens, whose specialties, include hypnotherapy, past-life regression counseling, “business visionary” consultation and Neuro-linguistic Programming, among an assortment of other disciplines Houchens pulls from her extra-sensory arsenal.
“My goal is to offer all of my services, no matter what you walk in for,” she said. “Most of the people are looking for solutions, either from a disease or something going on in their life. It could be very important to them and have a lot to do with their journey or destiny on the earth. We like to say, ‘here’s my health, here’s my mind and here’s my life.’ To me, it’s all one.”
Not surprisingly, a session with Houchens can be wide-ranging. During a recent meeting with this reporter, the psychic offered a variety of perceptions, each one spoken under her breath, before “translated” for the client in conversation.
“Your life’s purpose is to understand people by examining them,” she said. “When you interview a person, they learn about themselves. More times than one, people say, ‘I’ve never said that to anybody.’ … There’s something about Ireland that’s very magical to you. … You steer your course. Some people float down the river.”
As it happens, this reporter – who does take pride in often asking offbeat questions – has been plotting a trip to Ireland.
Some of Houchens’s favorite clients have been children.
“When I tell kids, this is who I hear you are, they always start to glow: ‘Somebody knows me. Somebody sees me. Somebody recognizes me,” she said.
The psychic has also become known for her perceived ability to communicate with her clients’ dead loved ones.
“Reconciliation is why I do this,” she said.
Houchens has even traveled with a television news crew to the “haunted” Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, and in 2012 acted as an intermediary for Barry Fey when the concert promoter went to Red Rocks to reconnect with Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin just months before Fey’s own death earlier this year.
“Barry was very skeptical at first, but I said things I couldn’t know,” Houchens said. “I still talk to Barry. He’s a friend.”
Although Houchens’s main office is in central Denver, she keeps limited office hours at Whole Health Center in Lone Tree. She is also available by telephone, though in-person meetings can be scheduled at no extra charge.
Unlike many businesswomen, Houchens is quick to concede that her skills – the bread and butter of her successful business – are not unique.
“I’m a believer that we all have these intuitive skills,” she said.
Even so, the psychic is not worried about losing business to a new generation of clients who may take a do-it-yourself approach to intuitive services.
“It’d be alright,” she said with a laugh. “I’d find something else to do.”
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