Dr. Mitch and Angelika Sadar have helped professional athletes, high powered professionals, and students optimize performance.  

Optimize Your Performance

in Sports

Anger, frustration, anxiety…These emotions have cost many players an important match. More importantly, they can cost the enjoyment of the game. We can help players learn the skills that can make the difference between having fun and winning matches and going home frustrated with the game.

Performance psychology often focuses on learning techniques such as relaxation and using imagery. Utilizing biofeedback introduces additional and powerful set of tools that goes way beyond traditional peak performance training or sports psychology.

Reasons to Choose Sadar Psychological to Maximize Your Performance:

    • We have helped professional athletes, nationally ranked juniors, and college and high school athletes, executives and professionals, and students of all levels who want to make their brain work more efficiently and improve their performance.
    • Elite athletes including professional tennis players, olympians, and NHL players have chosen to work with us.
    • Angelika Sadar is widely recognized in the tennis community for her expertise and regularly asked to speak at regional and national tennis conferences.

" “My son went to take his driver’s license test last Friday. He was really nervous and had a long wait before his turn. I suggested he use some of the breathing lessons you had taught him. He said “you know, they really help” and also mentioned the lesson about staying focused in the present, not getting too far ahead of yourself. Seem to help him a lot and he did very well on his test. Thought you’d be interested to know how students are applying your lessons beyond the tennis court. Thanks for your interest in our kids.”"

- Father of Nationally Ranked Junior Tennis Player

Posted by Sadarpsych on January 4, 2015

ADHD Conference

November 2014 Conference (ADHD)

Angelika and I, as Executive Director and Board President of the Northeast Regional Biofeedback Society (NRBS) respectively, were involved in the recent three-day conference on ADHD: Biomarkers, Biofeedback, and Interventions.  Angelika was instrumental in the setting up and running of the conference, which was well attended and well received.  The Conference had much to say about diagnosis, treatment, ethical questions, etc. (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on February 26, 2015

ADHD Medication Side Effects

 ADHD Medication Side Effects

I am writing this as a follow-up to a prior entry which compared medications commonly used to treat ADHD. I again begin with the declaration that I am not a physician, but our work with children and adults has brought me into regular contact with ADHD medications and their effects.
As the previous blog explained, there are chemical differences between the common ADHD medications. While chemically different, the medications do share a common set of potential negative side effects. In our experience (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on February 26, 2015

The Importance of Attention

The Importance of Attention:

Any way you look at it, the ability to attend, or to focus, is extremely important.  It is not only people with ADHD who can benefit from improving their attention. The better you focus, the better you will be able to do whatever it is you are going to do.  This applies to work, school, sports, relationships, and everything else.  There is a perfect, positive correlation between how well you perform and your ability to focus. A friend and colleague, Lawrence Edwards, Ph.D., has written: “Attention is an extremely valuable commodity.  Without attention nothing flourishes.  None of your relationships, your goals for a career, your hopes and dreams, nothing comes into being or is sustained or grows without attention” (Awakening Kundalini: The Path to Radical Freedom (2013) pp. 242). (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on May 18, 2017

Should kindergarten children be reading or playing?

In a  new study, a comprehensive 20-year examination of 800 children from kindergarten through their mid-20s published  in the American Journal of Public Health, found a link between a child’s social skills in kindergarten and how well they were doing in early adulthood.
Children who were helpful and shared in kindergarten were more likely to have graduated college and have a full-time job at age 25. The children who had problems resolving conflicts, sharing, cooperating and listening as kindergartners were less likely to have finished high school and college, and were more likely to have substance abuse problems and run-ins with the law.
The findings are “huge” when it comes to the thinking about how brain health impacts a person’s overall health, said Kristin Schubert, program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the research.
Here are some things you can do to help your child if they are having problems in pre-school or kindergarten:
  • Ask the teacher to pair them with compatible peers
  • Encourage your child to share
  • Do not “punish” them by keeping them away from play time; rather :”teach” them by having them work on a project with a peer
  • Don’t worry about the academics; most kids catch up before long
  • Old fashioned games like: Red Light/Green Light, Simon Says and Freeze tag are great for teaching emotional and physical control

For every one-point increase in a child’s social competency score in kindergarten, they were twice as likely to obtain a college degree, and 46% more likely to have a full-time job by age 25.

Posted by Sadarpsych on April 15, 2014

ADHD Basics

Forms of ADHD

There is possible confusion and misunderstanding regarding the terms ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder).  ADD is an old term that has been replaced in the official diagnostic language by ADHD.  But ADHD can “officially” come in four forms:  ADHD-combined type; ADHD-predominately inattentive type; ADHD-predominately hyperactive-impulsive type; and, ADHD Not Otherwise Specified.  People in the field recognize  that individuals with ADHD can also have difficulty with organization, difficulty completing tasks, problems with working memory, and problems with various, so-called executive functions.  Further confusing the picture is that attention/concentration can be adversely affected by many things, such as anxiety, depression, sleep deprivation, etc. (more…)