…your partner is oblivious to your feelings and trying to shift the conversation in another direction?
…your boss is using question after question to expose your mistakes and provoke guilt and shame?
…your colleague is grabbing the focus away from you and placing it back on themselves?
…and your mother is trying to convince you that whatever you went through she had it worse?
Book a 50-minute empathic listening session with Madi and:
✔ speak your mind and gain clarity
✔ take the worries off your chest and find relief
✔ be heard and accepted in a safe space
✔ come back to your peaceful self
This is the place to…
Articulate your challenges, ideas or doubts
SO THAT you gain clarity on your priorities and break free from indecision.
Vent and say what’s on your mind
SO THAT you glide your way to a calmer self
and face whatever life throws at you in a more productive way.
Experience feeling heard, seen and understood
SO THAT you become grounded
and improve your mood dramatically.
*BY BOOKING A SESSION WITH MADI, YOU AGREE TO THE CONDITIONS AND THE USER AGREEMENT EXPRESSED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
I bet you have questions. Here are your answers:
What can I talk about in a session with Madi?
In short, you can talk about anything that’s alive in you.
Usually, the people who have chosen me as their empathic listener talked about:
✔ family stress
✔ relationship stress
✔ getting unstuck by downloading in the sessions facts, fears, resources, possible strategies
✔ or any challenging emotions – like guilt, shame, fear, anger, jealousy, forgiveness, loneliness, etc.
Are you a therapist?
I am NOT a therapist, psychiatrist, counselor, life coach, etc. I have extensive study and practice in compassionate communication, especially empathy and active listening.
I am not here to label you with a “mental condition” or to express any opinions or judgment about you or your situation. No advice, no interruptions, no disregard. During our sessions, I offer you my full attention and presence, create a safe space for you to vent, and I reflect what you’re saying so that you feel heard and understood, while you share what’s important to you.
Why would I hire a professional listener when I have friends and family?
Despite their best interest, you don’t want their predictable advice or reactions. You want a safe space to share your dreams, burdens, regrets or celebrations. A secret is safer with a stranger. As your listener, I have no right to judge you or tell you what to believe or to do.
Why would I hire a professional listener when there are websites like 7cups.com where I can be listened to for free?
Human beings think at a rate of 1000-3000 words per minute, speak at a rate of 100-250 words per minute, listen or speed read at a rate of 275-300 words per minute, and we type at a rate of 40 words per minute.
7Cups.com is a great website, I am a trained volunteer listener there (check my profile here). They provide one-on-one chats only, so at a rate of 40 words per minute.
In a video call, you can share much more, both verbally and non-verbally (tone of voice, body language, facial expressions, etc.)
“When engaging in the full array of empathy, we need to: share physical and emotional feelings while knowing that those feelings belong to the other person (affective response and self-other awareness); imagine what the experience of the other person is without imposing our own interpretations (perspective-taking); not become overwhelmed while experiencing those feelings (emotion regulation); take in the context of other people’s lives including their group membership histories (contextual understanding); and do all this in a matter of minutes or maybe even seconds. That is an incredible task. It takes time and practice to learn how to do this. “– Elizabeth A. Segal, Ph.D.
What can I expect from a session with Madi?
✔ 100% dedicated support and attention for the time we are together
✔ empathic reflections of what you share – from time to time, I will “echo” the feelings and needs I hear from you
✔ confidentiality and respect – I imagine the difficulty of sharing personal things with a stranger and how vulnerable you probably feel. I take it very seriously and I feel honored by your trust.
How long is a session?
Each session is 50 minutes long.
How do we meet?
Via Zoom.us platform (free, online, available for desktop and mobile).
You need a computer or mobile device with a camera, a microphone and a reliable internet connection.
If you haven’t used Zoom so far, please create your account and log in BEFORE the meeting, so that, when the time comes to meet me, you just click the link you received and join me.
Do I have to book a number of sessions at once?
No. I want to support your ownership and autonomy in your process – you will book your sessions one at a time whenever you need them from the times available on my online scheduling calendar. I update my calendar weekly for the next two weeks.
How much does a session cost?
Pay-what-it-feels-right (in US$). I don’t put a price on my work – not because I don’t bring value, but because I can’t know what that session means to you. So, at the end of each session, you will decide the amount.
That being said, this is not a way to get “free” sessions. I still live in a world where the money is a primary currency, and it helps me pay for housing, food, business services, and other fundamentals.
Oh… And how do I decide how much to give for each session?
When receiving the follow-up email with the summary of the session and the link to Madi’s PayPal page, answer the following questions honestly (listen to your heart, not the “shoulds” in your head):
❶ How much can you offer that can help Madi meet her needs for sustainability, ease, and fun in her life?
❷ Is there an amount too large that would cause distress if you were to offer it?
❸ Is there an amount too small that would cause distress for not valuing Madi as a person?
❹ Is there an amount somewhere in between?
❺ If you were to offer that amount, would it make it impossible for you to meet your own material needs? (if yes, go back to 1.)
❻ Are you able to offer this amount wholeheartedly?
If this is too complicated, just go with the first number that pops up in your head or your hourly rate. 🙂
What’s Madi’s cancellation policy?
It would meet my need for consideration and appreciation if you notify me (via email) at least 30 minutes before our scheduled session (or as soon as you realize) that you will not be able to attend.
What are others saying after working with Madi?
“By telling all those things, it made me acknowledge them at a deeper level and be more aware of my reactions. I was very satisfied with your clarity. Keeping your part very short and clear helped me structure my ideas better.”– Diana D., Romania
“I’ve had countless revelations and now I know myself better. I received empathy and understanding in very difficult moments over which I would not have been able to pass by myself.– Maria Icleanu, Waldorf educator, mum of two
I recommend Madi wholeheartedly, especially to mothers, because there are many in the situation where I was myself – a couple’s life changes with the arrival of children and it’s helpful to see things from a different perspective than we are accustomed doing.”
How can I learn more or get a quick question answered?
Please message me if you have any questions or concerns about working together.
*BY BOOKING A SESSION WITH MADI, YOU AGREE TO THE CONDITIONS USER AGREEMENT EXPRESSED BELLOW
Listening looks easy, but it’s not simple. Every head is world.Cuban proverb
Conditions & User Agreement:
Want to talk? MADI MIHALCEA, professional empathic listener, is prepared to listen.
Before you book a listening session, please read through the following conditions and user agreement for the contractual agreement MADI MIHALCEA enters into with each CLIENT.
The CLIENT is aware that MADI MIHALCEA provides a listening service and NOT therapy, counseling, or any advice. She is prepared to create a safe space to express yourself so that you gain relief and clarity without judgments or constant interruptions.
The CLIENT MUST be at least 18 years of age.
MADI MIHALCEA assures the confidentiality for each CLIENT unless required by law.
MADI MIHALCEA does maintain the right to ask the CLIENT to call the emergency number in their country or other professional help providers if the discussion touches on topics relating to suicidal wishes or physically harming another person or self, whether that be intentionally or not.
MADI MIHALCEA is NOT liable for claims of damages suffered by the CLIENT or any other third party. (This includes but not limited to direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages for personal injury, wrongful deaths, a financial downturn from business, personal or otherwise, as well as relationship or health problems). The CLIENT willingly enters into this hold harmless, the release of any legal liability, upon the use of the services provided by MADI MIHALCEA.
MADI MIHALCEA maintains the right to conclude any call that becomes overly sexual, threatening, or disrespectful. It is the sole discretion of MADI MIHALCEA to refuse to offer her services.
MADI MIHALCEA’s calls are for 50-minute sessions. The CLIENT can book a listening session from the ones available in MADI’s calendar. Requests for time and day of the call and any further questions from the CLIENT can be sent by email or by using the contact page.
MADI MIHALCEA practices the GIFT ECONOMY when it comes to these listening sessions – the CLIENT will pay her AFTER the session, via PayPal. The CLIENT chooses the amount too.
The CLIENT agrees that if they are less than 15 minutes late to a session, these minutes will not be made up at the end of the session. The session will finish at the time that was originally booked.
The CLIENT agrees that if they are more than 15 minutes late to a session or they cancel the session less than 48 hours before it, the session will be considered a no-show and MADI MIHALCEA might refuse to work with them in the future.
All claims and disputes arising under or relating to these terms and conditions are to be settled by binding arbitration in Bucharest, Romania.
© Madi Mihalcea 2016-2019, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. *Results cannot be guaranteed. The testimonials on this website are only for reference. Your own experience may differ.