The Therapeutic Alliance of the Trauma Research Foundation is a resource collaboration bringing together individuals, groups, and organizations that offer innovative approaches, treatments, training programs and services to help people overcome the effects of trauma. Sadar Psychological and Sports Center, founded by Mitchell and Angelika Sadar, is one of the valued members of this group. They are spearheading neurofeedback for trauma specialists. Let’s get to know them!
Sadar Psychological values the quality of life and functionality of their patients. They use scientifically based methods to measure, analyze and understand the brain’s functioning to help develop a customized plan to maximize treatments and lifestyle changes to help their patients function at their best. Their team includes several board certified clinicians, as well as their most admired staff member, Mako the therapy dog!
Sadar Psychological provides neurofeedback, functional EEG, ERP analysis, neurological evaluations, CNS, and TOVA. Their assessments cover a wide range of treatments, including medication, neurofeedback, psychotherapy, and lifestyle needs
Sadar Psychological was born of Mitch Sadar’s work with incarcerated individuals. He recognized that many people convicted of a crime have a history of severe trauma, and by looking at their entire life holistically, recidivism can be prevented. Mitch saw the value that neurofeedback had for treating trauma and expanded this to his own practice outside of the justice system. Recognizing the tremendous healing power of neurofeedback, Sadar Psychological and Sports Center was founded. Neurofeedback can potentially benefit everyone, and now the organization works with patients who exhibit a massive range of conditions – from autism to maximizing sports performance.
Our brains can change and adapt according to experience – this is called neuroplasticity. All kinds of repeated experiences, both positive and negative, affect the connections between neurons. Neurofeedback takes advantage of this quality to help train the brain to function better without medical intervention. Through making small changes frequently, we can change how our brains function.
Angelika Sadar told me of an example of a client who she has helped. She is currently 13 years old and was living in a “state of constant fear.” Through working with the parent of the child and making sure that the mother was involved in the neurofeedback process, the child is now more verbal, happier, and is even interacting with other children via Facetime.
Angelika Sadar describes neurofeedback as “physical therapy for the brain.” In the same way we could all be physically fit, we can all be more regulated. Neurofeedback is a useful diagnostic and therapeutic tool for helping us to become so.
Next month we will get to know…. the Cape Cod Institute. Located on the National Seashore of Massachusetts, the Cape Cod Institute is known worldwide for the excellence of the CE courses and seminars it offers for educators, mental health, behavioral, leadership, and management professionals, as well as members of other professions who apply behavior science in their practices. There is more to come in June about the Cape Cod Institute’s new owner and new beginning!