brain-based performance training for leadership development

unlocking your full potential

“Great leaders are made, not born.”

Getting to Where You Want to Be & Overcoming Obstacles

Investing in Your Most Important Asset: You

You. But better.

Daily stress, illness, and life style behaviors can lead to detrimental hindrances to one’s performance level. Learn where you stand and what changes you can make to today for a better, smarter, and stronger tomorrow. 

Professional Edge utilizes cutting edge technology, including brain mapping (quantitative electroencephalography), biofeedback, neurofeedback training to allow individuals perform at their highest levels.

Performance assessments provide a comprehensive view into one’s mental, emotional, and behavioral performance. How does your brain compare to the world’s top performers?

Developing the Highly Successful Leaders

Unlock Your Full Potential.

Professional Edge combines the latest peak performance research and techniques to take your performance to the next level and beyond.

Perform your best when the stakes are high.

Make decisions with confidence and precision.

Eliminate anxiety and other ineffective behaviors.

Turn fear into fun and unleash your full potential!

Coaching & Consultation

Reach your goals and successfully overcoming unforeseen challenges.

Leadership Development

Not only bring out the best in you, bring out the best in those around you.

Performance Assessment

How well is your brain performing compared to others?

Flexible Training

Remote, in-person, and on-site training options designed to fit your life.

Why is peak performance training crucial in leadership development and training?

Peak performance training, or performance optimization training, focuses on elevating an individual’s mental and physical performance. When both the mind and body work together smoothly, performance thrives and success flourishes. Peak performance training benefits individuals who must perform at a high level, in stress-provoking situations, without room for error.

Perform with confidence and self-assurance.

Inaction breed doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Increase motivation and drive.

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.

Replace fear of failing with the courage of progress and achievement.

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.


Identify and eliminate distractions and diversions.

The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.


About Me

Nicole Pacheco, PsyD, BCB, R EEG T, is President/Owner of Professional Edge where she serves as a coach and consultant to athletes, business professionals, medical professionals, and business and sport organizations. She helps them achieve success using research-based tools and techniques combined with cutting-edge technology to elevate one’s mental and physical performance.

Having studied music in undergrad at Millikin University, Nicole is familiar with the desire to achieve excellence and the challenge of performing under pressure. In addition to coaching and consulting, Nicole has presented on a number of topics related to peak performance training, leadership skills, and professional development.

Nicole Pacheco has presented on topics related to peak performance at local, state, national, and international levels. Her most recent peer-reviewed journal article, Neurofeedback for Peak Performance Training, was published in the Journal of Mental Health Counseling. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, registered electroencephalography (EEG) technologist, and board certified in general biofeedback (BCB) by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). She also serves as adjunct faculty at Bradley University and is currently involved in research using 19-channel EEG to assess treatment efficacy of War Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


“Last year I joined a women’s golf league. This was the first golf league I played where every stroke counted. With the help of a local golf pro and Dr. Pacheco, I ended up winning the league.” – Shirley B.

“Last year I joined a women’s golf league. This was the first golf league I played where every stroke counted. With the help of a local golf pro and Dr. Pacheco, I ended up winning the league.” – Shirley B.

“Dr. Pacheco’s seminar helped me to discover what types of tasks I excel at and that knowledge has helped me craft my resume as I searched for (and landed!) my first post-graduate school job.” – Lauren G., Springfield, IL

Online Coaching Resources

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Get your copy of “Between the Ears Skills: An Athlete’s Guide to Building Mental Muscle” by Nicole C. Pacheco.

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Do we have something to talk about?

Let me know if we should take a moment to talk about where you are and where you want to to go. Coaching is not for everyone, so let’s make sure I’m the right coach for you.

Coaching demands individuals to make changes, to replace old, ineffective habits and beliefs, with new ones that will get you to where you want to go and who you want to be. However, change can be hard, frustrating, and scary.

If you’re willing to get out of your old comfort zone to reach greater success and achievement, I think we  might have something to talk about!  – Nicole

Don’t Wait Any Longer. Take Your Performance to the Next Level Today!