Bachelor of Music Ed., Eastman School of Music, CHt., CCM
Creator of & Healing Arts Activities Director at Songs that Soothe™
Certified Clinical & Therapeutic Musician and Expressive Arts Coordinator at the Providence Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center- Integrative Medicine Department
Bachelor of Music Education Instrumental Degree with Piano and Percussion as primary and secondary instruments, Certified Music Educator
Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, New York
Certified Clinical Musician
Harp for Healing Clinical Musician Certification Program
Accredited by the National Standards Board of Therapeutic Musicians
Board Certified Hypnotherapist
American Board of Hypnotherapy
Center for Advanced Life Skills
Solution Based Counseling Practitioner
Complementary Therapists Accredited Association (CTAA)
The Priority Academy
ASCAP Published Songwriter
Andrea Mikolajczak Music
Professional Musician & Soundscape Artist
Sound Healing Practitioner at the Providence Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center
Certified Therapeutic Art Facilitator
Certified Beat the Odds™ Evidence Based Group Drumming Facilitator
UCLA ARTS & HEALING INITIATIVE
Certificate of Completion of the Arts in Healthcare Clinical Practice Intensive
University at Buffalo Center for the Arts & the University of Florida Center for the Arts in Healthcare Research & Education
Certificate of Completion in Holistic Health & Sound Therapy
American University of Complementary Medicine Beverly Hills, California
Certificate of Completion in Guided Imagery
Certificate of Completion in Mindfulness in Integrative Healthcare
University of Minnesota online
Certificate of Completion in:
Guided Meditations for Cancer, Physical Pain & Illness
Medical Hypnosis - Essential knowledge
Back Pain Relief Hypnosis System for Healing
Fully Accredited Professional Sports Psychology Diploma
Soundscaping for Health, Relationships & Success
When I was 4 years old I begged for a piano. I had never asked my parents for anything until that point so my parents were curious. My parents got me a little tinker toy piano just in case It was just a "phase". I would come home after Mass and play the melodies of the songs that I had heard at church. My parents asked me who showed me how to play that and with a disgruntled face I replied "No One!" I remember thinking to myself "how do they not know this?" Shortly after that they realized that it was more than just a phase and I got my first piano from a cousin of my Uncle Vinny.
By the age of seven, I was fortunate enough to be enrolled in classical piano lessons. The piano fast became my best friend. Immediately, I discovered that there was something very fundamental in making music. This magic interface between feeling, simple action, and instrument unlocked much more for me than some technical proficiency. This was integration. This relationship allowed me to bring a voice into the world that had no outlet except through our unique partnership. Through this relationship with music I found escape from the stress and anxiety of my early teen life. By the age of twelve I was composing and recording my own songs! When I turned fourteen, I began classical percussion studies.
Rhythmic drumming helped me to unlock and express even more layers of emotion. This deeply satisfying connection to percussion would become the roots and foundation for my life and work.
Already, I was using the healing power of music and sound to help myself reduce stress and anxiety, express my inner truth, and release emotions.
Fast forward a decade. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, I moved far from home in East Amherst New York to pursue a songwriting career in Hollywood, California. I worked in TV and film, which was emotionally and physically very stressful and exhausting. During breaks in production, I wrote ethereal and soothing music. This helped me to calm my anxiety and relax.
Also, I began to notice the effect the music was having on other people, and on animals. My personal exercise of composing and playing to relax and re-center myself was now revealing to me a promise to help others.
This inspired me to create a CD. In 2004, I released Songs That Soothe™. This was such a breakthrough, I decided to use it for the name of my therapeutic music business.
Life has its way of testing our resolve. Over a period of ten years I would find myself living with ulcerative colitis, while also dealing with cancer treatments and surgeries. My mind, body and spirit were not in alignment. I was not doing the work that I was supposed to have been doing, I was not fulfilling God's purpose for me. I was not following my dreams and passions in music.
One day I was waiting for a radiation treatment when I noticed a woman crying next to me. I could see and feel that she was scared and stressed. I started a conversation. I asked if she liked music, dance, art. Her face lit up as she shared memories and moments she loved in her life. We chatted and shared so many smiles and laughs. Before we knew it, they were calling her name to come into radiation. As she made her way down the corridor, she turned back and said, “Thank you!”
Somehow, in this simple connection, two strangers became more than acquainted, we were connected in this easy, calm, and positive joy. There was no stress or anxiety, just lightness and comfort. In that moment, I knew. I felt a sense of deeper purpose. It became clear. I wanted to use my gifts for music and the therapeutic expressive arts to bring hope and wellness to others.
As part of my own recovery in remission, I attended hypnotherapy sessions. It was an amazing and blissful experience. All physical and emotional pain lifted away. I was in a deep state of relaxation but completely aware and mindful of everything that was going on. I realized, in guiding the conversation with the anxious woman, I had used visualization techniques instinctively to help her into a relaxed state of hypnosis. Once again, the signs were directing me. Without hesitation, I decided to study to become a board certified hypnotherapist and combine all of the healing modalities from my studies together. And that is how
Soothe Hypnotherapy™ was developed.
This life, this wonderful life, has been the guiding plan to bring me to where I am today. I am so very grateful for the opportunity to work with other empaths, cancer patients, children, teens, adults, animals, athletes, artists, musicians, dancers, actors, comedians and all communities of all backgrounds!
As a certified therapeutic musician, sound healing practitioner, therapeutic art facilitator, songwriter, and board certified hypnotherapist, I look forward to knowing each of you and learning how I might best be able to bring my gifts to help relieve pain, recreate your empowered self, restore direction and hope in your life, in your relationships, and in your communities.
I am married to a wonderful man who is an incredible musician as well as a First Responder. He saves lives at his job and then his music saves his life. We have been rescuing dogs since we started dating. Our sweet Gwendolyn is a little three legged Shih-Tzu mix. She brings us joy, makes us laugh and her resilience reminds us to be grateful every day for this beautiful life.
My husband Christopher and I, have volunteered as Therapeutic Musicians at The Gentle Barn in Canyon Country, California when we are called to come in as needed. It is an incredible healing experience to observe how music and sounds affect animals. Each animal, just like humans, have their own personalities, likes and dislikes. Different sounds affect everyone differently and being sensitive and "in tune" to the humans and animals around us has been an amazing learning experience.
Wishing You Peace in Your Heart!
Andrea Marie Mikolajczak-Novicki