Interview with “Long Island Medium” Theresa Caputo on new TLC series

Long Island Medium Theresa CaputoTalking to dead people is just an average day for Theresa Caputo. The Long Island, New York, housewife/medium doesn’t know why she’s been given this gift, but she certainly is using it as best as she can. Caputo is a psychic medium who spends her days and evenings helping people find closure and connecting them to loved ones they have lost.

She’s never read a spiritual book. Doesn’t watch all those “I see dead people” movies. Nor does she follow paranormal stories or other mediums.

“I’m a very sheltered person,” she tell us.

Caputo’s built her business on reputation alone and has a waiting list that starts taking new appointments first in January 2013. And the wait is only going to get longer.

TLC cameras capture her work in a new series titled Long Island Medium. I caught up with Caputo to discuss her new series and what it’s like to be a psychic medium. Despite the interruption from my deceased mother  [see separate blog  Theresa Caputo talks to my dead mother], Caputo was forthcoming with her gift and how’s she sharing it with others.

Discovering her gift began with the feeling of not belonging… “I was in therapy. The therapist would tell me ‘Theresa there’s nothing wrong with you.’ And I’d say, ‘I don’t feel right.” I always had this feeling of I didn’t feel right. Like I didn’t belong. I can’t explain it, it was like something is missing. I have my parents. I still have grandparents from the physical world. I had the most amazing childhood so blessed to have the family I have. My husband survived a brain tumor. I have two beautiful children so you would think that I have it all, why would you feel something is missing? It was my spiritual gift. It was my spiritual journey and path that I was missing. It had to do with my soul. It had nothing to do with anything else. Because once I accepted my gift that feeling went away. And I had that feeling for most of my life but could never understand it.”
Long Island Medium Theresa CaputoAccepting and understanding her gift was a journey… “I had been suffering from anxieties for many years, went to many doctors and things like that. My mom had asked her friend who is a spiritual healer to work on me, do a little healing energy to try and figure out what was going on and she had immediately picked up it was spirits. It was spirits trying to communicate to me, so I immediately became freaked out by that. ‘What do you mean? How could that be?’ I struggled for many years going back and forth with it.  I attended a spiritual class where I learned what was happening to me and they were showing me how to communicate through a spirit.”

Caputo feels and hears spirits… “For me I feel spirit. I don’t see the way we see here in the physical world. When I say I hear them I can’t explain it. I hear them but I really don’t. It’s more like a feeling for me. What was happening to me was that I could be in a store and I could be standing next to a woman and her husband passed of a heart attack. I would feel as if someone was laboring my breath, like I couldn’t breath. That’s my symbol for someone passing by the heart, chest, lung area when they labor my breathing. So that was happening to me and I didn’t know what that was. I’d be in the store and all of a sudden I couldn’t breathe for no reason. So what I learned through meditation was what the feelings meant. You’ll even see me now, if I do a reading, I take a gasp for air and I won’t freak out I’ll ask who passed from the chest and you can actually see them labor my breathing.”

Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo

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Caputo experiences how a person died… “They will bring me through their passing. So if someone has a question of someone’s passing, I’ll say to them ‘Look, do you really want to know what happened because they’re going to bring me through it and I’m going to have to go through it? I’ll kind of feel certain things, so if there was a blow to the head, for a split second, I’ll feel like someone whacked me in the back of the head. I can’t explain it, It’s odd. It’s not scary because I know what it is now, but I’m able to control it now. I know what the symbols and signs mean.”

It took Caputo a long time to say “I’m a medium”… “Really to be honest with you, the past two years I really started feeling comfortable that when people ask me what do I do for a living that I say ‘I’m a medium.’ You say that to people and right away they think I’m a fortune teller or I’m reading their mind or I know what they’re thinking. It’s not like that. It took me a long time. There would be people I’d say that to and they would be like  ‘Oh, that’s weird” or ‘She’s a weirdo, I’m not talking to her.’ It’s a topic of conversation but people are uncomfortable with death. It took me a long time to say ‘I’m a medium’ or to hand out my business card to people.”

Spirits reach out to people who need them… “It amazes me for every reading I do. People who come to the events that I host and they aren’t expecting to be read, and they are the first ones that get read. You know. Because it’s always about what we need. … What I learned about being a medium — people leave the physical world a lot of times in a very tragic way and we might be wondering if they are at peace. Or if they are OK. What a beautiful gift of knowing they are at peace, and I don’t think you can put a price on peace and comfort, you can’t.”

Caputo considers herself a vessel for the spirits… “I really don’t think it’s me. I really believe I’m just a vessel that allows them to do it. A lot of times a spirit will just validate for the person I’m reading what’s going on around them, what they are experiencing is real. And here I am able to validate that for them. I’m just a vessel that can validate for them that they are still with us.”

It’s hard for Caputo to shut it off… “Technically, I could turn it off if I choose but how do you, it’s there, it’s just who I am. And that’s just how I look at it.”

Spirits don’t always take their turns, a lot can come at her at a time…“Well you know what, that’s what just happened. You kind of just bounce back and forth until they kind of get settled. Sometimes the people I’m reading are nervous. Sort of a lot of little things before we get started. Yes, things can get confused, and more than one souls do speak at one time. And you kind of got to settle them down a little bit.”

And, yes Channel Guide readers, spirits do hear you!… “Oh yeah, they hear me. They hear you!”

Communicating back to spirits has it challenges… “Umm, I know this is going to sound stupid but I can’t tell you. It just happens. How did this happen? I didn’t ask for what happened. It just happens. I know that sounds silly but like I don’t physically say, and you can witness it through the way I read, I don’t go ‘OK, wait a minute, let me ask them this. I may say ‘wait a minute’ because I’m telling them ‘you sit down, you go to the back to the room, you step forward.’ It’s almost just a subconscious thing that happens that I do. To be honest with you, I cannot explain it. I can’t. This is just the way that I am. It just happens.”

For more information on how to contact Theresa Caputo, see related blog.


  1. My father passed away in November and I have unresolved things with him. I wanted to know how to schedule an appointment with you?
    Many thanks

  2. I know everyone would like to have a meeting with you to answer all there unanswered questions, just as I would. So I hope some how I can reach you and get a reply.

    Since my father, Dominic A. Fusci, passed away on February 2, 2012, I have suffered more then I think a person should have too. Because my brother causes nothing but trouble before and after my father’s passing, I have done nothing but hurt and cry. He is a con-artist with a physically abusive personality towards me. He has more then once physically hurt me. So it is best that I do not show my strong side to protect myself, it will only get me bruised further. I have taken care of both my Mother and Father alone since 2004. My brother was never there for them unless he needed money or to find ways to use their credit card to get money, until my brother felt it was my Dad’s time to go, which was the last 5 months prior to February 2, 2012. He took over my Dad’s car and has never returned it, even though my Father wanted it park in his driveway, even though Dad probably could not use it, Dad wanted to try and get in and out of it. He was a real fighter to live and this was his wish. My Father had surgery where his bowel intestine was cut and re-attached to another part with many staples and sutures. I believe in a year he could have achieved driving again. He was a very strong man.

    One night my Father fell trying to turn off a light switch in their foyer. Instead of calling me, my Mother called my brother to come help him up. He fell very hard, but yet they (Mom and brother) did not call an ambulance to take him to hospital to see if he had torn his internal sutures and staples from the surgery. They got him up and just put him into bed. I knew nothing about this until later. I told them that they knew he was on Coumadin (blood thinner), that if he torn or broken his internal sutures he could bleed internally. They said he was fine. Two weeks later he died. I have a lot of anger about this.

    Now that it is just my Mom, my brother feels he can go off the deep in getting in my face and threating to do me harm. Mom can not get him off me, so I have to leave and abandon her. He knows if he threatens me like this, he will have Mom all alone and can get to her remaining funds. Mom does not see his short comings.

    I don’t know what to do. My Father was the only one who could control my brother. The worst part of this, My brother has fallen through the cracks of life, so he continues to utilize hostile attitude to gain access to funds he cannot earn on his own. The last two girlfriends my brother has been with have been associated with meth. Yet my brother says he not on drugs.

    I’m afraid to go around my Mother who is 86, because I know he will be there, but he does not live there. My Mom does not recognize he may be involve with drugs and the wrong people. I don’t know what to do??? If I stay away, he will drain her dry. If I try to intercede, I will probably get truly hurt this time.

    I know Dad even though he has crossed over is seeing all this going on and can do nothing to help me or his family. I pray by me staying away does not hurt my Dad further.

    The only choice I have left is to call the police, but if I do this this will break my Mother’s heart. This is her baby boy. Her 50 year old baby boy. But how do I protect myself if I do not. I am not getting any younger. I am 60 years old and going through this could put me in the grave before them.

    I hope you will find it in your heart to see what you can advise me. Maybe Dad could tell you what I should do.

    thanks for listening,
    Donna Fusci

  3. Dear, Mrs. T. Caputo I lost my mother in November 1979 she was only 45years old Iam orignally from Cleveland Ohio,on this chilly ,rainy, evening my 17 year old sister & I went shopping with our mother when she suffered a massive heart attack . I havent visit her grave site since she passed 33 years ago I was only 13 years old. please inform me if you do readings off camera, its important that I know how shes doing on 1-15-13 wouldve been her 78th birthday please email me thank you , Sincerly, Tanya Henderson

  4. Hello my name is marcus McHaney if possible my friends i meet with you currently in Nashville tn. I will travel if need to but mam my next question is what if you dont know your biological family would you still be able to help. Thank you once again

  5. As I look I see so many calls for help, and unfortunately I’m no different. My husband asked me to reach out and try to find out how to schedule a meeting. Almost three weeks ago I lost my grandma. She was such an important person in my life and I stood by while people killed her. I wasnt her voice I didnt stop it and now I regret everything. They said she was leaving us regardless but I feel like I let them take her away to soon. I’m at the point where I’m just lost I dont know if she was ready. All that replays in my head is her yelling help me and I can’t help but wonder if somewhere in the fog of meds she was asking me to stop them. I’m six months pregnant and found out its a girl, and I haven’t been able to attach myself to this baby because I of things said by her to me and because how can i connect to her when I lost one of the most important women in the world to me. I thought she would be here, i thought i had time, and i thought she would be holding and helping me name this baby.. Now I’m void inside. You came to my city right when we got news about her and i didnt get to go, so now I’m asking how to get a one on one. I dont know if I’ll ever get the answers to my questions, but i know i won’t be the one getting them that can only come from someone like you. I need the nightmares to stop and i need to sleep again . If you couldn’t help i understand but if anyone you know has the same gift I’d be willing to go. I’m just looking to hear that she’s ok and forgives me. Any help i would be thankful for. Thanks for the ear of whom ever reads this and thank you for your time.

  6. Watch your show and amazed everytime. Our family of Arizona would like to ask of your help and please help us….Thank You

  7. I know your real you would find me i so stressed out about ones who i lost im not rich please help me become a believer too i miss BRAD GRANDMOMMY AND MY DAUGHTER UNCLE TO TELL US WHAT HAPPEN IM SCARED OF LIFE HELP ME PLEASE YOU HAVE A BEAUTIFUL FAMLIY BUT THE ARCADE ON V-DAY I WILL RING HIS NECK FOR YOU DRESSED all pretty keep spraying your hair i love you cause your real and i never really believed until you

  8. I lost my mother to cancer when i was 13 and had a very hard life and didnt always get along with my father my father ndied 23 years ago and then my older sister died 6 years ago and there isn’t a day go by that i don’t think of one of them no my other sister has been in and out of the hospital and i think she will be the next to die and i need to no they will watch out for her thanl you for being a caring person

  9. weird question, can dogs see spirit? My dog sees and reacts to nothing I can see. But I know having experienced certain things that it may very well be true.

    are we crazy?

  10. I would very much like for my daughter in law to meet Theresa, This summer Natalie lost her 4 year old son in a house fire while spending the night with his father. Since then they feel little landons spirit and wonder if he is at peace or has something he is hanging around for. Natalies 8 year old daughter that survived the fire is blaming herself. This family needs some closure and I feel Theresa is the right person for the job. How do I help this family in desperate need of help.

  11. I wish I knew what my father really felt and what signs my grandmother was talking about. It is so really in the dreams. I dreamed every night of her for 6 months. I totaly believe in life after death. Please help me get these answers. I have been trying to figure things out for 10 yrs.

  12. I would love to be able to get closer. I was my grandmother first grandchild and the first girl in the family. I was very close to her. More than my mother. She past away 10 yrs ago. I had vivid dreams the first 6 months of her. The last dream was April 2002 telling me to follow the signs and everything would be ok. I lost my father in 2004 from a major heartatach and the last time I saw him was 4 days before his death. was giving a big hug and I can still feel it. I would love to be able to close this part in my life and I believe in everything she is. I wish I could meet her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need this so much.

  13. I have a sister who has a bad 15 teen years with her health I wish I know how much it cost to have her read because she always cry’s about losing our mom,dad,and brother. Please let me know so I can save up before I move away next year because I would like to do this for her. Thank You Pat Fuller.

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