New Jersey’s newest super hero takes a trip to the City to see a man about some therapy.

The client, requested an appointment under the name Laal Khanjeer — the apparent Erdu phrase for Red Dagger, the name he has been using as a costumed identity here in the States — but allowed the therapist to call him Kareem in session – no surname provided. He presented as a late adolescent to early young adult male in above average physical fitness. While he declined to name exactly where he came from, he did submit that he was a foreign national on American soil on a short-term basis.

He confessed that he did not intend to engage in costumed actions while abroad but a combination of the mystique of the New York City area and the inspiration of fellow super hero Ms. Marvel made the lure of doing so irresistible. He has found himself stunned, excited, and more than a little scared of how quickly the local media has embraced and elevated him. He also confesses a degree of guilt because he feels as though he has eclipsed Ms. Marvel despite all the good she has done and that she is “a real super hero, I’m just athletic.” He is especially worried his popularity might have something to do with her recent apparent disappearance.

In addition to his conflicted feelings about his costumed identity, he also indicated some difficulties transitioning to life overseas. While there have been no charged incidents that he indicated, just being away from home and in an environment that he has heard has been less than kind towards people that look and sound like him has him on edge. Also, he confessed, he is worried about making friends and fitting in with his new classmates for however long his time in the U.S. lasts.

Ms. Marvel (2015) #24

Ms. Marvel (2015) #24

This writer validated the client’s feelings extensively and reinforced how normal and natural it was to feel unmoored during a time of transition, to worry about how others might see or view him based only on his appearance and immigrant status, and to miss his home.

I also validated his concerns regarding being treated as the new, exciting costumed crime fighter in a way that might make Ms. Marvel feel slighted while also reminding him he cannot take responsibility for how others might treat the two of them. As long as he is honest about his role in activities and tries to give her credit where she is due – both to her personally and through the press should he choose to speak to them – then he is doing right by her.

Finally, I confessed to him there were some nuances of his culture I was not familiar with and did not want to make him feel unheard or misheard because any lack of cultural competency on my part. I offered him options, pledging I would strive to study up on whatever he thought important and ask questions in the moment if I did not grasp some aspect of what he was discussing, but that I could also offer him a therapist with whom he might share more commonalities.

We hit upon a compromise wherein he would do another intake style session with Doctors G. Willow Wilson and Nico Leon on December 20 and then evaluate from there. Details of that session will be found in the file labeled MS. MARVEL #25.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who could help stop a moving train if he wanted to, but he’s super busy this week.

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With sights set on Inhumans, the criminal geneticist drops in on Marvel.com’s Resident Therapist.

Professor,

Thank you for the invitation to speak to your class “Criminological Theory in the Age of Costumed Offenders.” I am excited for the lecture and discussion. Enclosed is a brief write up on the criminal known as “Mister Sinister.” Please distribute it to the students and ask them to read it in advance of class as I will be referring to it and calling on them to participate. Again, thank you, and I will see you next week.

The client, Nathaniel Essex — far better known as the criminal Mister Sinister — discovered that, while he was assumed dead, this writer did a presentation on him as a guest lecturer to a “Criminological Theory in the Age of Costumed Offenders” course. He claimed to be visiting to “meet the arrogant plebe who would think so highly of himself to believe himself my better,” and no other reason.

He presented with a poorly hidden wounded narcissism and insisted on being called “Mister Sinister”—as I hypothesized he would in my class presentation—throughout session. I will therefore treat that as his name for the purpose of this note.

Despite his insistence on being my better and my work being completely “misinformed and off the mark,” the client confirmed many of my hypotheses in short order. He demonstrated an underdeveloped sense of morality, a rejection of conventional rules in place to protect others besides himself, and a fulfillment of several categories necessary to diagnosis Antisocial Personality Disorder.

His narcissism also seemed to make it impossible for him not to, in essence, tell on himself. After confirming that his seeming obsession with the Summers family—especially the late Scott aka Cyclops—has also admitted that since that person’s death, he has found himself searching for a new purpose and found it with turning his genetics fixation to the so-called Inhumans.

As in the presentation, I feel comfortable predicting that any kind of meaningful healthy change for the client is unlikely, even with therapeutic intervention. Overall, the subject is smart, arrogant, and nearly entirely without empathy. The only reliable means of “controlling” him would seem to be to give him a project that captures his imagination and give him the free rein to explore it fully. However, what he might do in his quest to solve that problem and/or when he became bored would be, undoubtedly, wholly unacceptable.

Given this, I also would predict that it is highly unlikely Sinister will return. His arrogance permits him to see no other outcome but that he bested this writer the moment he showed up at the offices, so the actual outcome of our session is immaterial. His ego integrity returned by “showing” me, he’ll now have no compelling reason to return.

That said, this writer did do his due diligence and made a follow-up appointment for the client. However, given the dynamics in the room, should he return for the next appointment on December 13, he will be seeing Doctors Matthew Rosenberg and Javi Garron. Any session notes will be found in SECRET WARRIORS #10 file.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who welcomes Mr. Sinister — or ANYONE else — to try and out-arrogant him.

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Marvel’s favorite reality manipulator stumbles into the therapist’s office.

The client in question, a Gwen Poole, stumbled into the office, unannounced, around the middle of the day. Given her presentation—her costume is very reminiscent of Deadpool, and she goes by Gwenpool while in, which she insists is a result of an accidental conflation of her real name to an alias—staff and security immediately attempted to turn her away. As detailed in several different incident reports, lawsuits, and 9-1-1 calls, the mercenary known as Deadpool has threatened this writer on several occasions and has forced staff and this writer to provide him and partners of this service numerous times.

Eventually, all in the office were able to work out that despite appearance and name, Poole has no relationship or connection to Deadpool. Thus, against my better judgment, I elected to allow her to wait in reception for a possible no-show or cancelation. When one occurred, this writer invited her in for a standard intake.

Despite her lack of connections to Deadpool, it quickly became apparent that the client shares more than a look and a name with him. She espoused—multiple times—attitudes and beliefs that would not have seemed out of character being said by that aforementioned mercenary.

However, this writer is very aware that it is unhelpful to treat the client in front of you like anyone else—especially someone you feel active antipathy towards—so I pushed beyond these initial judgments and explored the client’s perspectives and experiences with more depth.

Most concerning is the client’s stated belief that the world she currently exists in is not her own but rather a sort of comic book universe come to life that she had, prior to her arrival in our world, had been reading in installments and collections. As a result, she tends to think of this world as fictional. While she admits she has “grown” some since her arrival, she still defaults to thinking the people around her, especially those who are not super heroes or villains, “do not count.” 

The Unbelievable Gwenpool (2016) #1

The Unbelievable Gwenpool (2016) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

As a result of this attitude, she believes herself to have an advantage over many. For instance, she indicated she knew the secret identities of many costumed heroes and villains, and listed off several of them. Without naming names, she appeared to be overwhelming accurate, at least in comparison to the knowledge this writer possesses. Because she has this “inside” information and knows “how” this universe works, she believes she is in a position to take advantage of such things.  

The Unbelievable Gwenpool (2016) #16

The Unbelievable Gwenpool (2016) #16

All of this being said, she confessed that things have become far more serious than she expected. Her first friend was killed before her and did not return to life as she expected although he was with her for a time after that as a ghost. She has suffered injuries and she continues to be frustrated by her struggle to improve her physical abilities, two things she expected to be easy given her perception of the “rules” of our world.

What is more distressing is she increasingly feels she is not allowed to be good. She admits she first arrived with little interest in anything but making money and having fun. However, after speaking to someone she described as “noir duck guy,” she reshaped her attitude somewhat and decided to pursue being a true hero. Yet, every attempt she makes to do so, she insists, leads to her running afoul of the law in some way, whether it be ending up a henchman of M.O.D.O.K., losing control of M.O.D.O.K.’s organization she seized and then tried to use for good, or fighting a Dr. Doom that, to quote her, “apparently is a hero now?!”  

Howard the Duck (2015) #1

Howard the Duck (2015) #1

  • Published: November 04, 2015
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 02, 2016
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Chip Zdarsky
  • Cover Artist: Joe Quinones
What is Marvel Unlimited?

While people displaced from other realities into our own is not unusual, the client’s insistence that this is what has happened to her may also be evidence of a delusional disorder. As always, this writer tries to give each client the benefit of the doubt but the pervasiveness of her perspective combined with her belief she is somehow being compelled to be bad means that I cannot afford to ignore the possibility of a delusion disorder entirely as there might be a strong chance of her being a danger to herself or others.

To that end, I have referred her to Doctor Christopher Hastings and Irene Strychalski who are experts in evaluating individuals for what they’ve labeled “Reality Displacement Distress Syndrome.” When we have those results, we will be better able to evaluate how to proceed.

That appointment is scheduled for December 6 and all notes can be found in folder UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #23.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who’s ideal alternate dimension would allow him to have a monocle and top hat wearing talking manatee for a partner in crime solving.

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The offbeat super hero has some issues to work out behind that cooking pot on his head.

Irving Forbush presents as an adult man in just below average physical shape. He attended initial appointments in what appeared to be a pair of flannel pajamas and a “mask” consisting of a cooking pot with holes cut in it until he was redirected to dress more appropriately for therapy. He protested at first but eventually acquiesced when this writer explained that I do not see any clients with masks unless there is a medical reason why them must wear it at all times. Since then, he has dressed conventionally.

The client asserts that he is from an alternate dimension where he was employed by a company called Marble Comics by day and was a non-powered vigilante in his off hours. He has struggled to detail many of his exploits and several of the other heroes and villains he has encountered seem to be very similar in names and abilities to heroes from “our universe.” For instance, he once beat a man called the Juggernut.

Given his lack of powers and rather conventional build, this writer confesses to a level of skepticism regarding the client’s reporting. However, Forbush has been able to produce some physical evidence, including copies of Marble Comics and newspaper printings from his apparent alternate universe. Included in those clippings were information such as his parents actively disclosing to the newspapers, on multiple occasions, their disappointment in him and their wish that they had a daughter instead. He has declined to discuss his parents in much depth so these revelations, while intriguing, remain largely unexplored.

Not Brand Echh (2017) #14

Not Brand Echh (2017) #14

What the client is predominantly concerned with is his feelings of interdimensional displacement and the presence of memories that could not have possibly happened to him but feel so real anyway. These included meetings with Spider-Man years ago and a time working at Marvel (not Marble) Comics during which he believes he may have won an award for Best Assistant Editor. More distressing than these, however, are memories that suggest he has attacked Marvel employees, been killed, and been brought back as some kind of zombie. Despite these memories, there is no record of such an event and he appears very much alive. The only mention of him I could find from our world stemmed from a battle with the super hero team known as Nextwave, but the client insists that that was not him but rather the actual Irving Forbush of our planet. This writer has been able to discern the possible truth of this statement.

Overall, despite what could be a truly terrifying experience — waking up in world that is not your own or, at least, feels to you like another world, possessing memories that seem to not be true, including engaging in violent attacks, and literally dying — the client seems remarkably unaffected. One might even be tempted to call him goofy or silly – a humorous distraction, perhaps.

Not Brand Echh (1967) #5

Not Brand Echh (1967) #5

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Given that Irving Forbush has sought therapy, and what he has discussed would be traumatic for anyone, this writer plans to continue seeing him. That said, the symptoms presentation is unusual enough that I have felt it necessary to consult with several other experts in various fields to ensure Forbush receives the best possible care. You can review their packet of recommendations at NOT BRAND ECCH #14, available on November 15.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who likes to think his interdimensional double would make a really delicious paella as opposed to the just delicious paella he can make.

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As the Mojoverse invades Manhattan, Marvel.com’s resident therapist profiles the villain.

As always, evaluating a subject without ever meeting them is, at best, educated guessing. Nonetheless, given the direness of the situation and the data available, this writer felt it was ethically sound to offer this personality sketch and his attorneys have agreed. I hope it provides help with subduing the subject.

The subject, Mojo, is an apparent alien/other-dimensional being who is from a race that are born without spines and use technology to increase their mobility and ability to stand upright. He self-identifies as a male although it remains unclear if that concept is native to his race’s reality or a product of exposure to human television. The planet and universe he hails from was evidently named for him (Mojoworld, Mojoverse), not the other way around. This apparently reflects his dominance of the most important aspect of his race’s society, television.

According to a history of the universe that appears to be—as best as we can verify— accurate, his universe was bombarded by broken waves of energy that were, in fact, Earth television waves.  Exposure to the broken and, to them, inexplicable energy both caused a sort of societal psychotic break and created a universe-wide addiction. Craving content more intense than the broken waves could provide, Mojo rose into the void and created homegrown TV content. As such, he was elevated to a kind of combination dictator and program director.

Given the subject is an alien from a planet with an aggressively different social structure, it is difficult to label him a sociopath as, in terms of his society, his behavior and cognitions might be entirely in line with societal norms. However, by our standards, to our understanding, he does present with symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder and, possibly, Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

He is motivated, seemingly, purely by the twin desires of garnering maximum attention for himself and dominance of his enemies. He shows limited regard for the lives and comfort of those around him. He is erratic and capricious, nearly always choosing the quick jolt of short-term satisfaction over long-term planning.

This makes him defeatable—as his history with the mutant rights group the X-Men indicates—but also wildly dangerous. Because he is oriented towards the short-term, he is unpredictable and just as likely to react in violent rage as in cowardly self-preservation. Additionally, he has engendered the kind of support from those beneath we might associate with a closed state dictatorship, meaning he has a plethora of what he likely considers “cannon fodder” at his disposal to throw at his enemies.

The surest path to victory against the subject is to demonstrate to him that bigger ratings can be achieved through easier means. He is a fairly lazy creature and, as noted above, likes the quick fix. So if the ceiling to success feels like too much work and a simpler means to rating dominance exists—think the amount effort required to make a successful cheap reality show vs. a prestige drama with well-known actors—he will always take the easy way out.

For further information and analysis of the subject, this writer recommends the definitive volume on Mojo, X-MEN BLUE #15 from Doctors Marc Guggenheim and Jorge Molina, available on November 15.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who loved TV enough growing up and bets he could’ve ruled the Mojoverse.

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Despite some intense MONSTERS UNLEASHED experiences, the Kid seems all right.

Kei Kawade is a teenage boy who appears to be of average physical health. He self-identifies as a “Inhuman” and the provided medical records reflect this report. He was recently exposed to Terrigen gas, underwent the cocooning and transformation process, and emerged with the ability to create and summon anything he draws. As his nickname/alter ego/Inhuman name “Kid Kaiju” implies, he tends to favor monsters as his drawings on choice.

The client was referred by an Else Bloodstone who the client identifies as a mentor figure. She declines to attend any sessions on her own but ensured his parents signed off on all forms, including permission to treat. While she had no relationship to this therapist or any of the staff prior to now and has openly disparaged the idea of therapy while the client was not present, she has also stated that “he is young and could use the help.”

In person, Kawade presents as a personable and enthusiastic youth. His general behavior is in line with how one would expect an outgoing boy his age would act and interact. There appeared to be nothing unusual in regards to emotional maturity or intellectual capacity.

The client denied either historical trauma or recent trauma stemming from his involvement in the so-called MONSTERS UNLEASHED incident. Follow up questions seem to reflect this as an honest response. While he has experienced stress in his life, then and now, he has proven resilient to it and there is no evidence of PTSD or Reactive Stress Disorder at this time.

Monsters Unleashed (2017) #7

Monsters Unleashed (2017) #7

However, his mentor’s hypothesis cannot be discounted. Kawade does seem to underestimate the danger he faces through engaging in what can best be referred to as super powered activities. He recognizes some level of harm could occur to him, but thinks it is a small chance and even if something did happen, it would be the kind of harm that might make him wince but not the kind that puts him in the hospital.

Naïve or not, he demonstrates good problem solving skills. Additionally, engaging in super heroics does not seem merely to be about the rush but it flows from having a system of morality that includes wishing to help others with the abilities you possess.

In order to have a more well-rounded perspective on the client, I am referring him to Doctors Cullen Bunn and Andrea Broccardo for a battery of tests, including a comprehensive mental functioning measure and projectives. Their appointment is scheduled for October 18 and results can be found in file MONSTERS UNLEASHED #7 on that date. This writer’s expectation is that Kawade might benefit from a check-in every few months, but will require no ongoing therapy at this time.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who would sure be making a lot of living stick figures if he had Kid Kaiju’s abilities.

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The remorseless vigilante ends up in the office of Marvel.com’s resident therapist.

While not actively seeing Frank Castle, better known as the violent street vigilante and wanted criminal Punisher, as a client, I am nonetheless writing up our recent encounter as a session note. I explained this to Castle as well, as I was doing it for reasons of liability—had he told me he had a plan to kill someone, I would have had to report in accordance with Tarasoff—and he consented, albeit gruffly.

During a recent blackout, Mr. Castle and this therapist spent an hour or so in lockdown in my office due to a pre-existing protocol meant to protect the staff in the case of some kind of violent event like a super powered battle in the city streets. Castle had accessed the building to find and utilize first aid supplies and his timing was “perfect” to get in before the lockdown but not get out prior to it taking place. With only the two of us locked in together, given that it was after hours, the “client” eventually began to engage the therapist.

It was clear from the outset that Mr. Castle is a skeptic when it comes to therapy. He immediately cast aspersions on the value and validity of talking therapy and insisted that some pain was not able to be gotten over. As this was not an active client but rather a heavily armed man with a skull on his shirt, and at least one still-fresh wound, I initially resisted his invitation to debate him on this topic. Over time however, it felt clear to this writer that he did not represent a danger to me and I began to question his basic assumptions about therapy, trauma, and the nature of “getting over” pain.

The Punisher #16

As Castle has been arrested multiple times and much evidence on his psychological makeup has been presented in court hearings, as well as less savory sources of information like disreputable 24 hour news therapists and true crime writers, I was fairly familiar with the basics of Castle’s transition from “average” man to the Punisher. In fact, he was—and I imagine remains—a well-studied example of vigilante psychology in most graduate programs.

While I never directly addressed the shooting deaths of his wife and kids—I did not wish to see how “far” I could take it under the circumstances—I made sure to present hypotheticals that would speak to that traumatic event as well as his time as a soldier in an active combat zone. I validated his pain and frustration with the legal system and agreed that some pain does not disappear while contesting the underlying assumptions—that pain that never goes away always feels as intense, or the same as it does from the start, that the impossibility to ever truly eliminate psychological pain means that it should not be addressed, explored, and processed, and that the inability of the justice system to work with 100% effectiveness and therapy’s lack of magical properties to simply return a person to a pre-trauma state justifies going outside the law to seek justice.

When the system override finally completed and he and I were released, it was obvious he remained skeptical. Nonetheless, I offered him a follow-up appointment with Doctors Becky Cloonan and Matt Horak, who both have significant experience working with veterans, survivors of violent trauma, and those living with survivor’s guilt. While I do not expect Frank Castle to follow through, if he does, the appointment is set for September 27 and any notes on that session will be found in the file marked PUNISHER #16.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who has never used a weapon in anger because his remarks are so much more devastating.

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The First Order’s stoic trooper predictably refuses to open up.

Captain Phasma is an adult woman whose health records indicate she is of above average physical health, although she has a history of injuries, mostly gained during combat or training for combat, dating back to her teens.

The client acted, until recently, as the third ranked officer on the Starkiller base behind General Armitage Hux and special advisor Kylo Ren. In her position as Captain, she has acted as the head trainer for the Stormtroopers corps, with a special emphasis on developing the talents of those who were expected to be the most elite and least conflicted of the brigades.

Unfortunately, however, the client has been officially recorded as having encountered a series of setbacks. To summarize quickly, one of the troopers under her direct command “broke” during a mission. When she sent him for reconditioning, he instead helped a key prisoner—the Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, believed to have knowledge of where the so-called Jedi Luke Skywalker could be found—escape the base. She has reported that this is the trooper that later returned with the criminal known as Han Solo and his partner Chewbacca to free an unidentified female prisoner of high interest. This group took her hostage briefly, forced her to turn over secrets at gunpoint, and then sent her down a garbage shaft. It is also believed that this group helped render the Starkiller Base vulnerable to attack and therefore led to its destruction.

Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Captain Phasma (2017) #1

Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Captain Phasma (2017) #1

Despite these setbacks, the client remained generally disinterested and rejecting of therapy. For most of session, she even refused to remove her helmet, eventually acquiescing upon this writer’s 15th request, although her reasoning remains unclear. There is a certain temptation to label her as hostile towards therapy but the fact is she was so even and unemotional in most of her reactions that even this would be inaccurate.

Given my struggles with connecting with the client, it is clear this is not a helpful therapeutic situation for her. In an attempt to find a better fit for the client and, hopefully, bring about a more productive therapeutic bond for her, Captain Phasma has been referred to specific First Order therapists, Doctors Kelly Thompson and Marco Checchetto.

The client will first meet with them on September 6, followed by appointments on September 20 and October 4. Detailed assessment notes will be available in files Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma.

Star Wars Tim Stevens believes everyone has a right to therapy. Even First Order Captains.

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Windu tries to prepare himself and his fellow Jedi for battle.

Mace Windu is an adult human male who appears to be in above average physical health, a perception confirmed by his medical records. Despite his files reflecting an age that is slightly advanced for his species, there is no record of any age related reduction in physical ability. Additionally, the client reports feeling healthy and has no complaints related to pain. Scans seem to confirm these self-reports.

Windu made the decision to consult with this writer on the eve of undertaking what he would only refer to as “a mission” during the course of our session. I was able to gather that involved leading a small group of Jedi and that it may involve violence but nothing more. However, this therapist does feel this context was enough to explore the situation with the client in a full and useful manner.

Given the client’s religious beliefs and lifelong dedication to being a follower of the Force, he confessed he was struggling with the taking up of arms that he was preparing for. While allowing that he has been trained to use his lightsaber and aspects of the Force in combat situations, he explained that the training had always been oriented around the idea of violence being a last resort. It is meant to be use in reaction, never preemptive action, and to protect the lives of others and the ideals of the Jedi. Jedi are actively discouraged to meet the actions of others with strength unless all other avenues have been explored.

Star Wars: Mace Windu (2017) #1

Star Wars: Mace Windu (2017) #1

And yet, Windu explained to this writer, given his reading of the Force and the readings of other Jedi whom he has great faith in, it seems that if the Jedi do not act at this time they will be eliminated. He struggled to articulate this idea to this writer, a problem no doubt further complicated by the writer’s own lack of faith in the ancient religion, but eventually managed to make the argument that given what the Force is “telling” him, the mission is an act of reaction, not a preemptive attack.

However, he continues to feel conflicted about this and, more pressingly, those under his command feel even more ambivalent about the idea of it. In fact, those that seem most convinced make Windu most concerned as convictions on such matters may preclude a slide into what he refers to as the “Dark Side.” As one might expect this “side” is a negative and a label assigned to those Jedi who lose their way and use their abilities for personal gain in some way. For instance, to control others, to protect one’s own family, friends, or desires over the needs of the masses, or to engage in some kind of sadism towards one’s enemies.

We explored these notions in depth, but, repeatedly, this therapist’s own lack of faith and knowledge in the Force presented a gulf between himself and the client. Given this, after discussing the matter in the room, the writer and the client determined he would be better served to work with a Force-familiar therapist.

Subsequently, he has been referred to Doctors Matt Owen and Denys Cowan. The next two appointments are set for August 30 and September 27 and can be found in files STAR WARS- JEDI OF THE REPUBLIC: MACE WINDU #1 and #2.

Given when Mace Windu lived in Star Wars history, Tim Stevens is pre-corruption by the Empire and therefore has not begun to act in what might charitably be referred to as “ethically dubious ways.” Do please try and keep up.

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The Inhuman King struggles with new revelations!

The client, Blackagar Boltagon, is better known by the name Black Bolt as both a super hero and the ruler of the Inhumans. He has previously worked with this writer in a couples therapy arrangement with his wife Medusalith (again, better known as Medusa) as they dealt with a new event in their relationship that caused a temporary upheaval in their connection to one another.

What was immediately striking upon meeting Boltagon was that he was able to speak to me. Previously, due to an Inhuman rite of passage/chemical exposure, the client had developed a power that altered his voice. In fact, it made his vocalizations so powerful that it prevented him from talking to others, lest he cause great damage to not only them but the physical structures nearby. Now, however, through means he remains unclear on, he is able to speak.

The client went on to reveal that he had just been rescued from a prison that his brother, Maximus, had deposited him in before leaving the planet with several other members of the Inhuman Royal Family.

Although he did describe the situation as traumatic, most of what the client was preoccupied with did not concern the treatment in prison, but rather what was revealed to him there. During his time in jail, he began to realize that he had made many mistakes and had been responsible for actions that he could no longer justify.

Additionally, he realized that his life of privilege had insulated him from a great many factors that may have led him to make these wrongheaded choices; that his willful isolation had not aided him in gaining wisdom, but rather set him back.

These revelations have left him confused and off-kilter, unsure of himself and the world in a way he could not recall since before his Terrigenesis. In his confusion, he sought this writer out given our past therapeutic relationship.

So far, he has found the experience very frustrating. The writer’s unwillingness to simply give him advice or answers, instead of encouraging the client to go deeper—to live with the ambiguity and regret—has often agitated Boltagon. While the writer has joined him in this space and validated the frustration, the writer stressed to him that therapy is not about simply telling him what to do or how to feel. Indeed, lasting change demands that he process his difficult emotions, not shove them aside or run from them.

However, this writer does recognize that perhaps there may be a clash of personalities here and that the client might feel more comfortable another therapist processing him. Therefore, he has been referred to Doctors Saladin Ahmed and Christian Ward for an appointment on September 6. Details of their session can be found on that day in file BLACK BOLT #5. At that time, the client can decide which therapist might be the best fit for him.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who must admit that, if he could not speak, he would feel guilty because everything he says is so darn fascinating.

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