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Andrea V.
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I really enjoyed the opportunity of spending time is several private sessions and lectures on Psychic Studies and Paranormal Discussions. Suzanne is just fun and puts thought behind what she does and very thorough in her knowledge and experience. I was really impressed with how comfortable and welcome she makes everyone feel. Like a pair of old favorite slippers. I wouldn't even attempt to do what she does so well and makes it all sound so matter-of-fact and candidly, funny and easy. What could she do better in the future is write down what she knows. If you are looking for point blank truthfulness, honesty and spontaneous answers. She communicates really well and isn't afraid to tackle hard subjects. Her insight and wisdom in Human Nature and Spiritual Issues is pretty direct. She doesn't like a whole lot of Ego Posturing and Non-Sense but she reminds me of my Grandmother. It is funny to say it that way. She is who she is and she is kind, generous, funny and could easily be anyone best friend and confidant. She has obviously had periods of a very hard life and learned some pretty devastating periods, what she speaks of comes from her heart. She seldom is paid for what she gives in return, but her experiences and understanding have helped me not make some of the same mistakes and consequences she has experienced. That in itself and the insight she possesses is worth more than anything. For that I am extremely Grateful What more does anyone need? I feel very comfortable discussing very personal subjects I would never even think of discussing or disclosing to even my closest friends and family. I just really like her, she fun. Whenever I know she is going to be doing readings, teaching or lecturing on Paranormal/Spirituality or Psychic things I have to be first in line! I know I am going to come away with new thoughts, ideas and feeling good. Just hanging out after classes, having coffee and the informal after the meeting meeting question and answers. She often is held up after a class for up to 2 or 3 hours answering peoples questions patiently, honestly and kindly. When I am with her, I feel I am experiencing a transcendental state where time doesn't really matter. Andrea V.-Rochester, NY


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Private investigation isn’t just for blockbuster action movies. Hiring a private investigator can help in all kinds of situations ranging from finding a birth parent to improving personal security. Nationally, the average price range for private investigation is $70-$210, although pricing often hovers between $40 and $100 depending on the complexity of the services you need. Where you live in the country will affect your costs for private investigation; larger cities have higher business overhead and a higher cost of living, which in turn means higher service rates. The complexity of your case can also affect cost. A basic background check may have a flat rate, while hiring a private investigator to help with your child custody case may require more legwork and research, and therefore cost more. Some private investigators work on retainer. A retainer is essentially a nonrefundable deposit you pay to the professional — meaning you have retained their services — who then works against that amount. Here are some examples of average private investigation costs:

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