With the New Consciousness came a heightened need for spiritualists and intuitives to be represented as vehicles and catalysts for growth and universal change. Part of the reason why there is a barrier between the stereotype of the "psychic and medium" and what those words really represent has much to do with simple terminology.
When someone hears those words, they immediately refer back to their old and outdated understanding and media hype regarding the paranormal, the New Age and the media depiction of psychics and healers. Much of the problem these individuals have with living their path to the fullest has to do with a misunderstanding and confusion of simply, what to call themselves! As a society, particularly in the media, we need things to be neatly categorized in order for us to adapt to or accept the messages.
Unfortunately, the work of intuitives, empaths and the like, is so broad, so universal that it is nearly impossible to minimize the title to one or two key words. There is a wide variety of gifts that a spiritualist has that may include access to the energy of the deceased made possible only through a gift of the ability to thin the veil between their energy and those that are crossed, healing energy, the energy of a mystic or teacher used to guide people toward the betterment of their moods and access to their own paths and so on. As practitioners, as in any other field, spiritualists have particular strengths in one area or another through which they share their insights, which is why we often see words like, Numerologist, Astrologer, Healer, Medium and so forth. Some simply have the ability by means of their presence to invoke peaceful feelings and an appreciation for the energy around them.
A spiritualist functions to enlighten. It is as simple as that. When a person in this position is reduced to titles such as "Psychic", which is wildly outdated, their reach is minimized. Calling a Spiritualist a Psychic is like handing a doctor a plastic stethoscope and expecting his next patient to believe that there is anything he can do for them. This is why the terminology seems to have changed greatly over the past few decades. Some spiritualists still use these outdated words because they know significant change and understanding takes time.
So the next time you go to your trusted "psychic" or "medium", understand that although their title may seem limited to the information you are requesting, that is merely a grain of sand in the vast empire of universal information they may have for you.