Dr Raphael Gunner, Psychologist

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Clinical Supervisor

From 2007 to 2015 I served as a clinical supervisor for the Valley Community Clinic in North Hollywood.  And from 2005 to 2009 I served as a clinical supervisor for the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills.  Both of these facilities offer affordable therapy to the local community.  And both serve as training grounds for aspiring clinicians. 

Serving as supervisor has been a great pleasure.  It has given me an opportunity to work with therapists-in-training on the infinite subtleties of the clinical relationship.  Generally speaking, the supervisee brings in a transcript of a session.  We go line by line through the transcript and think together about the emotional nuances of the interaction.  What is the patient feeling?  What is the supervisee feeling?  And how do these feelings inform their dynamic?  By raising awareness of these questions, the supervision is designed to promote skillful therapy -- a benefit to the budding therapist and a boon to the patient.

It is the tradition with these types of clinics that supervisors volunteer their services.  This gives us a chance to reach out to the community.  It also allows us to lend a hand to the next generation of therapists as we were leant a hand by the generation before us.  Either way, it's a privilege to be able to make a contribution.   In this way we can promote the health and happiness of our neighbors.

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