Dr. Anthony Pantaleno, Psychologist

Pantaleno Psychological Services, PLLC

Helping teens, young adults, their families, and professionals who work with them

 

358 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY 11725 

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Dr. Pantaleno has been selected as the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)School Psychologist of the Year for 2013. Click here to see the award ceremony:

NASPConvention Keynote

Article in NASP May 2013 Communique

and

NYSUT Article Honoring Him

He is deeply grateful to all friends and colleagues for these honors and will strive to uphold them and the professionalism they represent.

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EVENT at Hofstra University

The Edge of Therapy: Students, Yoga and Mindful Practice.

Dr. Pantaleno is a panelist.

Monday, 3/3/14, 4PM-8PM

Click here for conference follow-up and handouts.

SPCA Private Practice Presentation by Dr. Pantaleno & Dr. Honor April 4, 2014.  Please click for details.
For SCPA Mindfulness in Clinical Practice Issue, please click here.
For Dr. Pantaleno's article about teen suicide and cyberbullying, please click here.
For Dr. Pantaleno's articles in Newsday, please click here.
For Dr. Pantaleno's article about borderline personality disorder from SCPA Newsletter, please click here.
For Dr. Pantaleno's article about Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction Practices Within Public Education Policy, please click here.

Mindfulness:  The Power To Transform Your Life

What would you say if I suggested that you were missing half of your own life?  What if you were so driven by your doing mind (the part of us that is trained from an early age to be busy doing or planning or thinking about something or someone in each and every moment) that you never even noticed, or were unaware, that you were missing anything at all? 

Thinking about mindfulness and DOING mindful practices are two very different things.  It is in the repeated and purposeful practice of engaging in mindful activity that we can start to cultivate a state of  being mind.  Most of our lives rush by without our full awareness.  Mindfulness seeks to deliberately keep us in the present moment, and thereby, to block the tendency of our auto-pilot minds to wander from place to place, thousands of times in an hour or a day. 

Mindfulness does not require any changes in your spiritual beliefs.  It is not a religion, although it has its roots in Eastern Buddhist psychology.  Mindfulness does not require that you sit in a full lotus posture while burning incense and chanting a mantra.  Mindfulness is a lifestyle and not just a therapeutic technique. 

Essential Qualities of Mindfulness Practices

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Full Catastrohe Living, 1990: 

1.  Nonjudging:  impartial witnessing, observing the present moment without evaluation

2. Nonstriving:  non-goal-oriented, unattached to outcome or achievement, not forcing

3. Acceptance:  openness to seeing and acknowledging things as they are

4. Patience:  allowing things to unfold in their time with ourselves, others, moments

5. Trust:  trusting oneself, one’s body, intuition, emotions, life as it is

6. Openness:   seeing things as if for the first time (aka “beginner’s mind”)

7. Letting go:  intentional non-attachment with thoughts, feelings, allowing                     (not suppressing) 

Shapiro, S.L. & Schwartz, G.E. (2000).  The role of intention in self-regulation:  Toward intentional systemic mindfulness.  In M. Boekaerts, P.R. Pintrich & M. Zeidner (eds.), Handbook of self-regulation (pp.253-273).

 8.   Gentleness:  a soft, considerate, tender, welcoming capacity (active not passive)

9.   Generosity: giving in the moment within a context of love and compassion, without an  expectation of gain or a thought of return

10. Empathy:  the quality of feeling and understanding another person’s perspective

11. Gratitude:  the quality of reverence, appreciating, being thankful for the present moment

12. Lovingkindness:  a quality of embodying benevolence, compassion, and cherishing; a  quality filled with forgiveness and unconditional love

The above essential qualities were prepared by Dr. Pantaleno (© Pantaleno, 2011) based upon the cited sources.

Some Great Mindfulness Practice Resources

© Anthony Pantaleno, Ph.D. 2013

You Tube:  Search for

1.   “Healing and the Mind”:  This is the original PBS documentary featuring Bill Moyers interviewing John Kabat Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Stress Reduction Clinic

2.  “Jon Kabat Zinn at Google”: This is a fantastic introductory lecture given by John Kabat-Zinn to the employees at Google.

Books:

1.    Mindfulness for Dummies, Shamash Alidina

2.   The Mindfulness Solution, Ron Siegel

3.   The Happiness Trap, Russ Harris

4.  Things Might Go Horribly, Terribly Wrong, KellyWilson

5.   A Mindful Way Through Depression, Mark Williams

6.   A Mindful Nation, Tim Ryan

7.   Calming Your Anxious Mind, Jeff Brantley

8.   Acceptance and Mindfulness Treatments for Children and Adolescents, Laurie Grecko

           and Stephen Hayes

9.    The Power of Now, Eckert Tolle

10.  The Wise Heart, Jack Kornfield 

Web Pages:

1.    www.drpantaleno.com (Professional Articles)

2.    www.marc.ucla.edu

3.    www.mindfulness-solution.com (homework downloads for practice)

4.    www.soundstrue.com

5.    http://www.soundstrue.com/guide/meditation/#

6.    www.newharbinger.com

7.    www.calmclassroom.com

8.    www.mindful.org (features a link to Mindful magazine and Mindful T.V.)

9.    www.emindful.com

10.  www.mindingyourlife.net

11.  www.missionbe.org

12.  www.stressedteens.com

13.  www.tarabrach.com

14.  www.jackkornfield.com

15.  www.drweil.com

16.  www.learnmindfulness.org

You order a set of practice CDs from one of the master educators on the subject (Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn) at www.stressreductiontapes.com.  You can attend a workshop given by mindfulness training centers, which offer regularly scheduled workshops in New York City, with information at www.nyimc.org  and www.eomega.org.

For education professionals, consider taking my introductory workshop.  Please call me for dates.

For an extensive bibliography on mindfulness research and applications, click on this address: http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=38&oTopID=38

ENJOY!