Dr. Beverly Dexter

Clinical Psychology
Vacaville, CA
27 years experience female

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Vacaville, CA

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Vacaville, CA
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Thursday: Closed
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Bio

Hello, I am Dr. Beverly Dexter, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Retired Navy Commander with 4 shipboard tours and 3 tours with Marines and Army stateside and in Iraq. I am an expert in the prevention and treatment of combat and other trauma and am the author of "No More Nightmares: How to Use Planned Dream Intervention to End Nightmares." My original theory, Planned Dream Intervention has been extremely successfully taught to over 35,000 people world wide, is a one-time three hour class, and the majority of students stop being woken up by their dreams as of the day of the class. I teach my No More Nightmares class over Skype or VTC, or in person. With decades of serving families in distress, I also developed a manual and CD, "Resilient Relationships" that many families report completely turned around the family or couple miscommunications, hurt feelings and fights. All of these trainings are very user-friendly and safe. Please ask me for more information or to see about individual sessions. Wishing you peaceful nights and days free of anxiety.

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Clinical Psychology

Licenses

United States: California, Mississippi

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Parasomnia: Parasomnia refers to things during sleep where something is going wrong, such as movement, night terrors etc, as opposed to insomnia where there is a ... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Insomnia: The diagnosis of just insomnia will not normally qualify for disability, but may co-exist with other serious sleep/medical issues of disability. How ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
No More Nightmares: Dreams with unusual content are not uncommon after disturbing or stressful events. The issue is not the dream content but rather the problem of being ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
No More Nightmares: The brain has to process and desensitize new disturbing information. The issue is not the dream content but rather the problem of being woken up by th... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
No More Nightmares: Dreams with unusual content are not uncommon after disturbing or stressful events. The issue is not the dream content but rather the problem of being ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Nightmares: You actually shouldn't wake them up unless they are getting ready to do something dangerous, and even then you need to be careful. Please recommend th... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Nightmares: Any time we have stressful experiences we are likely to have dreams about them. It is not the dream content that is important though, it is how we rea... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
No More Nightmares: Dreams with unusual content are not uncommon after disturbing or stressful events. Dreams that wake you, flash backs, intrusive memories and recurring... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
SSRIs and sleep: Sometimes people will experience an increase in insomnia but that should go away. But if you have increased insomnia for more than a couple of weeks t... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Herbs and sleep: None are FDA regulated so the research is less compelling. I teach a comprehensive CBT for Insomnia class. Some people find melatonin helpful (not an ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Sleep disorder?: One of the most important questions I ask is how rested do you feel during the day? The specific symptoms, difficulty falling asleep, difficulty stay... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Depression: Each of you need to be addressing your symptoms independently but also I would strongly recommend going to couple's therapy if you need to work on imp... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Sleep disturbance: Insomnia is best treated for most people with Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Insomnia (CBT-I) and nightmares can be rapidly resolved with No More ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Nightmares: It is not common, but may be caused by the dreams. Please also have your pediatrician do a full exam and they may consider a sleep study. But be sure... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Night owls: If you feel you are a night owl, but do not feel rested from your sleep, please get an assessment from a Psychologist or Physician sleep expert. The ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Sleep disturbance: For most people, unhelpful habits are at the root of sleep disturbance. But it is best to get a good assessment from a Psychologist expert in sleep di... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
PTSD: A Psychologist expert in treating PTSD should have specialized training. If it is combat trauma make sure the therapist is a-n expert-look for Certifi... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Sleep issues: People sometimes have experiences called hypnagogic or hypnopompic hallucinations where they may have physical sensations or other sensory experiences... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Dreams: I teach a class, No More Nightmares, with an original theory I developed, Planned Dream Intervention. Learning this skill teaches the sleeping brain ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
PTSD: Hypervigilance is a normal response to a threat, and some of the physical sx you note are common after trauma. Is the Trazodone actually working for y... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Relationships: I think it is always important to remember that a person is much more than a diagnosis, and many people diagnosed with this personality disorder might... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Nightmares and stoma: If your brain is in fight or flight mode during a dream, neuropeptides are being produced in higher volume in the limbic system(brain) and in the dige... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
PTSD: If someone says you just have to learn to live with PTSD it's time to get a new therapist. Expert trauma treatment such as EMDR can help the person re... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Anxiety: Klonopin (clonazepam) is a benzodiazepine, a short term me that can cause you to develop tolerance when used regularly. Better choices are treatment w... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Combat veteran: Retired veteran, served in combat zone and numerous operational settings, I have worked with many combat vets. Experiencing such a severe loss while i... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Abusive relationship: It is not uncommon to feel sadness after ending an abusive relationship. Even very abusive people may have at some time done very loving things. Often... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Parasomnias: Parasomnias include anything that is an abnormality of sleep and includes nightmares, sleepwalking, sleep terrors, nighttime enuresis and others. I re... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Stockholm Syndrome: Yes definitely, I wouldn't say it is easy, any complex trauma should be treated by a Psychologist who is an expert in treating this type of serious tr... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Night sweats: Night sweats can be part of nightmares, even if you don't remember dream content. But if you haven't already had a physical exam it would be a good id... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Sleep disorder solut: If it is nightmares please see the No More Nightmares book for Planned Dream Intervention. Most people learning this skill stop being woken up by drea... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
No More Nightmares: I developed an original theory, Planned Dream Intervention, that is a skill, not therapy, you use to teach the sleeping brain to be able to sleep thro... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Diazepam: Sounds like you need a complete physical from your physician first to rule out organic cause,(there could be other physical causes) but 15 years on di... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Sleep behavior: You actually should see a sleep specialist. Have your .PCM send you for an overnight sleep study. Meds can sometimes cause sleep behaviors, but if you... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Memory problems: Depersonalization is a trauma symptom, and it and other anxiety symptoms can certainly cause memory problems. If you have effective therapy,strongly r... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Anxiety: Anxiety can cause a wide list of symptoms that can appear as if something was wrong with your brain. Good news is nothing is "broken" in the brain in ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Children's eating: A wonderful book, How to Get Your Child to Eat...But Not Too Much by Ellyn Satter is fabulous. She breaks the book down into age groups so you don't h... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Happier life: I highly recommend The Power of Positive Thinking-by Peale, Confidence Course by Walter Anderson, 7 habbits of highly effective people by Covey, Man's... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Insomnia: The medication has different effects on different people, but if you keep a log, or sleep diaries, you can get more accurate information about what mi... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Sleep problems: If you are hungry it can definitely both impair your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. It is possible though that lack of appetite and sleep dif... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Med reaction: People have very different reactions to these meds and different doses. If your prescribing doc gave that dose they may feel that it is a good amount ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Children's sleep: Some sleep issues with children may be passing phases, but anything that persists over time or interferes with the child's functioning or their health... Read More
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A 76-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Acute sleep disorder: Any sudden onset sleep disturbance should merit questions of what just happened in your life, or is there a possible organic cause. Good to see your ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Anxiety: Very unlikely,the fight or flight response, which is normal but gets over activated in anxiety, causes blood to shunt away from the digestive tract an... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Wellbutrin (bupropion) & adderal: The 2 meds could interact, as Wellbutrin (bupropion) does have some ability to help with concentration, and it wouldn't necessarily be an additive eff... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Child's sleep distur: Is there a possibility that your child experienced some trauma? Not necessarily abuse, but if the symptoms started in a short period of time, somethin... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Anxiety meds: If you stop benzodiazepines too fast it can produce what may seem like neurological symptoms. Recommend you talk with your prescribing doc, who can ad... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Anxiety: Is there a sudden onset or sudden increase in anxiety and insomnia If so you should have an assessment to determine what may have caused it.Hypnotics ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
PTSD & disability: PTSD will sometimes result in disability rating but I so much urge you to focus on getting effective treatment. Letting PTSD go unresolved tends to cr... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Dreams: I teach a class, No More Nightmares, with an original theory I developed, Planned Dream Intervention. People can use the skill, Planned dream Interven... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Nightmares: Research has long shown that the dream content and frequency of nightmares is not what is important. What is important is how we react to it. You can ... Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! THANKS, yes I meant like it makes me feel like I'm loosing my mind or have brain aneriosm or brain bleeding something to that nature.
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thank you! this was a while ago and I did end up getting help. Things are so much better :)
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thanks for you response will see my PCP, next week. Have a bless day!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego
Graduated 1996MD

Residency

Naval Medical Center San Diego

Awards

Meritorious Service Medal, US Navy
Navy Commendation Medal x 2
Army Commendation Medal

Affiliations

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)- Founder and Chair of Military Special Interest Group
International Society For Traumatic Stress Studies -Founder of Military Special Interest Group
American Academy Of Sleep Medicine

Publications

No More Nightmares: How to Use Planned Dream Intervention to End Nightmares
Instructor's Manual for Teaching Planned Dream Intervention
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