Dr. Mitch and Angelika Sadar have helped professional athletes, high powered professionals, and students optimize performance.
Optimize Your Performance
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.
Using observation, parent input, and state of the art tests, we evaluate how students perform both academically and emotionally. We will develop a personalized plan to help the student as well as help parents to work with their school to obtain the best academic plan for their child.
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
Defining Illness and Disease
There is a distinction that is being made in some medical circles (e.g., the treatment of pain) that, in my opinion, should be more widely known and circulated. The distinction hearkens back to a differentiation made by Eric Cassell in the late 1970’s: “Disease, then, is something an organ has, illness is something a man has.” According to this way of thinking, disease is something that needs to be cured, such as infection, injury, toxic exposure, cell degeneration, etc. Illness is something that needs to be managed such as feelings of pain, discomfort, distress, weakness, fatigue, etc. Obviously, these two things are not mutually exclusive, and they often occur together. Fully understanding the difference between illness and disease, as well as how they can be treated, will help you understand how alternative treatments such as EEG biofeedback fit into a holistic treatment plan for disease and illness. (more…)
The Importance of Mind at Rest
At this point in our evolution, the optimally functioning brain should be able to reach an optimum level of activation for whatever task is before it, maintain that optimum level of activation for the duration of the task, and then achieve a state of rest in preparation for the next task to be presented. The basic foundation of this process is the ability to attain a resting state whenever possible. It is this basic ability that is being adversely affected by modern society and that individuals must find a way to address if they want to perform at their best. (more…)
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…)
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…)
EEG Biofeedback (or Neurofeedback) versus Medication:
For a comparison of neurofeedback vs medication for ADHD, you can look here.
EEG biofeedback is said to be an alternative to medication. The following are some thoughts on what that means, and some pros and cons of each approach.
How does one change their brain? The brain is seen as being involved in what we experience, what we do, think and feel. If you want to change any of these things, you need to change your brain. How does one change your brain? The brain works via an electrical-chemical process. Signalswithin neurons are electrical. Connections between neurons are actually gaps called synapses. In order to cross the gap to another neuron, the electrical signal changes to a chemical (a neurotransmitter), and floats across to the next neuron. The signal is changed back to an electrical signal as it travels through the neuron, until it reaches another synapse, where it changes to a chemical again. The brain is constantly firing off electrical and chemical signals in order to do its thing. So, to change the brain one needs to change its chemical or electrical activity. (more…)