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Dr. Beverly Dexter

Clinical Psychology
Vacaville, CA
26 years experience female

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Office

Vacaville, CA

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Vacaville, CA
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My office hours

Wednesday: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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About

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

Doctor Q&A

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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Domestic abuse: In the trauma treatment world it is more important for us to address specific symptoms. When you have experienced trauma (it is your perspective that ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Nightmares: Nightmares are a common symptom in PTSD, but the traumatic experience occurred first, then the nightmare. Don't wake them up unless they start to get ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Nightmares: I am a trauma and sleep disorder expert and teach a class that helps people start sleeping thru dreams right away. My book, No More Nightmares-How to ... Read More
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
ADHD: First have a thorough evaluation by a Psychologist to establish the history. ADHD dx is usually made by complete history taking, as the symptoms had t... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
SSRIs: Yes, overall they are quite safe. If you are having bad mood symptoms please talk to a Psychologist or Psychiatrist for a thorough evaluation. Any ti... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Zoloft (sertraline): Some people will have insomnia and stomach/digestion issues with SSRIs but those may go away. Are you getting a positive mood response from the med? B... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Night wakening: There are many reasons people may wake up and even if you don't remember dream content dreams could still wake you up. Have you had a good physical ex... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Neuropeptides: Candace Pert's book Molecules of Emotion explains that neuropeptides(the molecules we interpret as emotion)are produced in heavy concentration in limb... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Depression: Sounds like you could greatly benefit from seeing a Physician for assessment for anti-depressant to help stabilize your mood for now. Cognitive Behavi... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Ketamine: Just a caution, recently had a patient who was given ketamine as anesthesia for surgery without their permission and had an exceptionally terrifying e... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Medication: If you had side effects earlier from the same med it is possible you might have the same side effects from a dose increase. But your prescribing docto... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Marriage: Most impotence can be treated, whether caused by organic issues or anxiety reaction to events. We have many men coming back from combat or other traum... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Stomach sensations: The gut is sometimes referred to as 'the second brain' because the limbic system(emotional control center) and the digestive tract are a feedback syst... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Sleep: It absolutely affects health. An adult needs 6.5 to 8.5 hours sleep to truly be tested and functioning well. We often overestimate how alert we are. ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Anxiety symptoms: Anxiety can produce a large range of physical symptoms. For any serious physical symptom I always recommend a full physical from your physician, but i... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Depression: Confusion about diagnoses and treatment often occurs if docs miss something-do you have a trauma history? ? Trauma (physical injury can produce psyc... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Persistent anxiety: Please talk with a psychologist expert in assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. You may not n need to be on meds, but they can be very helpfu... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
PTSD: Effective trauma treatment really can resolve the symptoms. Hopefully they want to get better but if they aren't seeking therapy you may need to talk ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Anxiety and sleep: Sounds like you may be having nightmares even if you don't remember dream content. In my book, No More Nightmares-How to Use Planned Dream Interventio... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Anxiety: Dryness in the throat is a common symptom of anxiety, but as a trauma expert, over time I have seen many cases where an even such as a car accident or... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
PTSD vs Bipolar: Although the two diagnoses can co-exist, you need to have a comprehensive assessment by a psychologist or psychiatrist who is also a trauma expert. S... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Night panic: We can have panic experiences at night that may or may not be dream related. If it may be dream related please check my No More Nightmares material. T... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Self control: I have a great workbook and CD of skills that are extremely effective in helping people learn self regulation skills to take home and use TODAY. Thes... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Anxiety: Anxiety always starts somewhere with a true threat, although we don't need to search forever to find the source. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Sleep med side effec: If you are experiencing side effects please call your doctor's office right away. Most people don't have scary effects like sleep driving, so if you a... Read More
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Paxil (paroxetine): I often see patients who thought a med was causing some bad effect, but it turned out more to be a coincidence. Please talk to an experienced Psycholo... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Nightmares: Please check by You Tube video on Planned Dream Intervention http://youtu.be/WvuQl4duUoE It is the explanation of the PDI story. This is a learned ... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Night awakening: Many times it is dreams waking someone up, even if they don't remember dream content. I wrote the book shown in the picture here, and teach the skill ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 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
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Nightmares: I am a trauma and sleep disorder expert and teach a class that helps people start sleeping thru dreams right away. My book, No More Nightmares-How to ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Nightmares: It does sometimes happen that people act out parts of a dream in sleep. But you can learn to sleep through any of your dreams. I have taught my class ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Buspirone: Although it is FDA approved for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, it is not necessarily effective for everyone. Talk with your prescribing doctor if you a... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Sex and sleep: If both people are relaxed or really enjoying the sex, and not doing it because they feel obligated, feel pressure to conceive, or are too stressed ab... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Sedatives: People have differing reactions to hypnotics(ambien,sonata (zaleplon) etc), benzodiazepines (Xanax, klonopin etc) muscle relaxants (flexural etc) and ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Anxiety: If you had a positive mood response from a specific med before, most doctors would suggest restart of same medication. We don't know how much of anxie... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Public speaking: For phobias I most recommend finding a Psychologist expert in Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing(EMDR). This treatment can really produce... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
OCD: If you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, you may need to take a medication such as SSRI for years. OCD is likely a large portion organic, that is wh... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Depression: Memory impairment and concentration problems are common symptoms of depression. An effective response from and anti-depressant such as SSRI can rapidl... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Multiple diagnoses: It is possible to see 10 different docs and describe the same symptoms and get 10 different diagnoses. But a mature experienced therapist, a trauma ex... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Meds for sleep: People have unique responses to these medications, so you will benefit most if you keep sleep diaries, filling them out first thing in the morning. Re... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Manic depression: The medical name now is Bipolar Disorder, and the very distinctive difference is that we can really only dx Bipolar if we actually see the person in m... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Xanax (alprazolam): There really is no such thing as a "disease" of alcoholism, but alcohol misuse is a symptom reaction to something else. I always recommend that deali... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Lithium: Please talk to your doctor right away or go to nearest ER. Abrupt stop of these meds can cause extremely severe anxiety or wild mood change. Please do... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Panic symptoms: Your physician can do lab tests to check your thyroid, yes thyroid disorder can affect mood. Please see your doc if you suspect thyroid. If not organi... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Breastfeeding & meds: First, thank you so much for your wonderful dedication to breastfeeding, you and your baby will benefit forever! Insomnia long term may best be treate... Read More
A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
GAD: Although Lyrica (pregabalin) can help some people with anxiety, the long term solution for most anxiety disorders is effective therapy. I recommend a ... Read More
A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Anxiety: It definitely is, so I would recommend a good physical exam to rule out organic cause. But often we minimize things that have happened to us, or somet... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Alcohol withdrawal: Alcohol withdrawal is going to be over within days after drinking. The psychological experience of craving could appear again much later, but it is be... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology 26 years experience
Alcohol and anxiety: Although alcohol is a CNS depressant, it can be dangerous to combine with other CNS depressants and cause overdose. Please be honest with your doctor ... 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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