Dr. Platoni is a highly sought-after lecturer and speaker who has presented widely at state and national levels. Her broad spectrum of knowledge and experience allows her to connect intimately with a variety of audiences. Dr. Platoni empowers the development of skills and abilities that allow patients to effectively manage their own symptoms with success and mastery.
1. War Trauma and Combat Operational Stress
Given the enormous numbers of returning veterans, it is essential for mental health providers, regardless of degree or training, to develop a full working knowledge of those expected reactions to war trauma and warzone-related stress reactions/combat operational stress reactions precipitated by trauma exposure in the wartime theater. There remains a wide constellation of warning signs and triggers for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and survival strategies that accompany Service Members home, demanding compassion and understanding in order for trust and rapport to be established within the context of psychotherapeutic treatment. A clear understanding of about the psychological aftermath of war also calls for the identification of the many myths and realities that accompany redeployment to the homefront, as well as the failure of our society as a whole to learn the lessons of history as this applies to wartime military service. There is also a collective amnesia within a disinterested America, which further exacerbates reintegration and trauma for the returning veteran.
2. Reintegration and Homecoming from War/Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
There are a multitude of post-deployment reintegration issues that all returning Service Members confront, as the warrior culture remains a fixed and immobile entity in the minds of all veterans in post-deployment life. Understanding the nature of postwar stress requires an in-depth understanding of survival modes that are no longer functional on the home front, as well as the often devastating impact of living within a culture that has become an unfamiliar foreign territory. The ultimate betrayal of those who serve by the civilian sector often become a terrible form of secondary traumatization leaving the veteran further isolated and alienated by the seemingly uncaring masses. It is essential for providers, both civilian and military, to acquire a comprehensive knowledge base regarding appropriate and available treatment resources for one of our nation’s most vulnerable populations and invaluable assets-our veterans.
3. Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Pain; Acute, Chronic, and in Trauma Recovery
Pendulums and pocket watches aside, hypnosis in the treatment of both acute and chronic pain is a viable alternative to dangerous and addictive drugs, particularly in the face of opioid or narcotic painkiller crackdowns in the ER, the OR, the dentist’s chair, and the psychologist’s office. Alternative medicine approaches such as hypnosis have scored impressive victories in the management of acute and chronic pain. Hypnosis, by definition, is considered a state of increased susceptibility to suggestion, so that achievement of well-being can be accomplished by motivated patients more rapidly or expeditiously, as sense of success and mastery is generated.
4. Surviving Deadly Force Encounters and Stress Management/Crisis Intervention in the Law Enforcement Community
The police brain typically encounters an onslaught of stressors, far outside the realm of the normal range of human experiences, on a daily basis and in the course of law enforcement duties. There are countless types of traumatic events, aside from police shootings, that may result in psychological injuries. Deadly force encounters are only one form of assaults upon the brain that result in a symphony of turmoil and anguish. Utilization of peer support and appropriately trained mental health professionals familiar and experienced in dealing with law enforcement personnel, are critical factors in stress inoculation and resistance within the community of these guardians of the public safety. Additionally, the willingness to seek out the support of trusted peers during times of struggle and adversity is the most potent of medicines.