HYDRA forces our resident therapist to profile Miles Morales!

To begin with, I must renew my objections to this report. What is happening here is very nearly coercion and while this is not an ethical violation or illegal judging by current laws, statutes, or professional codes, it also does not feel necessary or oriented towards some kind of good outcome. While it has been made clear to me that my opinion on this matter has little weight, I nonetheless strongly urge this report be destroyed without review and that this practice end here and now.

Additionally estimating factors like future dangerousness, which is similar to what you are asking, are impossible without direct meetings with the subject. In other words, the information presented below is literally guesswork and may be more muddling than helpful.

The subject in questions is one of two individuals who identifies as Spider-Man and operates as a costumed crime fighter. This particular Spider-Man wears the black costume with red web markings.

The subject presents as male and, given his size and body type, is most likely a teenager. This matches the scant information provided to this writer by your organization, so I do expect it is accurate.

In the past several months, he has worked with the Avengers, the teen pacifist and recently discredited team known as the Champions, and on his own. He has engaged in a variety of conflicts including stopping so-called street level crime, super villain crime, and interceded in civil right issues in foreign nations. From this, it seems likely the subject tends towards idealism. It is possible, as well, that he may be amoral and just seeking conflict because of some desire for violence, but this would be highly unusual.

The subject does seem to have a preference towards teams and partnerships while acting as a super hero. This may indicate that he is seeking a stability in his “career” that he is not finding at home. There may be a variety of reasons for this including absentee or abusive parents, an inability to share his secret with his family, or a recent major loss in the family. Of course, it could also mean the subject has an excellent support system in his non-costumed life and therefore is drawn to similar situations while costumed.

To speak directly to the question at hand: does this writer think the subject is capable of the murder of Steve Rogers? I do not believe he is. Physically, it does seem possible; the client obviously possesses incredible strength and agility and reports indicate he might have some kind of ability to short circuit other’s abilities for a small window of time.

Psychologically, however, it seems unlikely. The subject has no recorded instances of using lethal force at any point, no matter the danger of the situation or the state of his physical being in that moment. The subject has not sought out conflicts in any active way—for instance, as The Punisher has been known to do—and has even, at times, attempted to defuse situations before turning to violence even when initially engaged violently by someone else. Finally, all his known alliances have been with vigilantes who else do not employ lethal force, limiting the potential for him to have a sudden change of heart.

Therefore, I would suggest HYDRA’s obsession with the subject—who, I stress, is most likely an adolescent—is unnecessary and ill-informed.

I have heard some individuals suggest that whatever report I deliver here is not to be trusted given my strenuous objections to doing it at all so I would also suggest reviewing Doctors Nick Spencer and Leinil Francis Yu’s report on Spider-Man. It is available on July 26 in the file marked SECRET EMPIRE #7.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who has never worn HYDRA green and never will.

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Our therapist attempts to pin down the mutant time traveler!

Nathan Summers is an adult male of above average physical fitness. Although he suffers from a techno organic virus, it appears to be in remission and his physical state is currently stable. He is a self-identified mutant known as Cable who claims he is from the future. A cursory analysis of Summers’ background would seem to reinforce this statements as respected individuals like Professor Charles Xavier have made similar statements.

The client’s life has consistently been one of strife and chaos. It has been marked by acts of violence—perpetrated by and against him—and multiple jumps between alternate timelines moving from the present to the future and back and forth multiple times. He has even had to endure the death of his wife and the need to slay his own son.

At first, this writer hypothesized that the client lacked a “true” personality and was only defined by what had been done to him in struggles. After working with the client for some time, the writer has revised this belief. The client has a set of values that he organizes his life around and does present with a personality. However, he is often so defended that it may be difficult to discern it without extensive time with him. Summers, ultimately, seems to present as a sort of walking tactical machine as a defense mechanism, not as a true reflection of his inner life.

In this way, my expectation that he, in fact, did not qualify for a PTSD diagnosis has been called into question. In fact, I now hypothesize, the client’s entire demeanor is a PTSD reaction, a way to wall it off but not a way to address all the pain—physical and psychological—he has been subjected to since his childhood. He has, in essence, sacrificed his sense of self on the altar of achieving “good” ends. To that end, he projects this image of himself as nothing but a grizzled soldier that, when the surface is scratched is simply incorrect. Summers boasts a law degree—although he is not licensed to practice law at this time—and has proven himself a remarkable surrogate father.

Currently, the client finds himself at the mercy of the timeline once more. While he seems unsure of exactly what is happening or why, he has been clear that he knows something is deeply wrong with the past and he is being propelled from location to location to fix it.

Cable #3 cover by Dale Keown

This writer explored this notion of the client having to be the one to solve it; not someone else, not him with the aid of others. We explored the notion that he may take on more than he needs to in the name of “responsibility” where the healthier—and in fact, possibly more effective choice—would be to ask for help from others or even, in some case, simply pass the “mission” on to someone else.

As expected, the client is highly suspicious of this perspective. That said he remains committed to therapy and glad to be seeing this writer.

Nathan Summers’s next session is set for July 26. This writer is consulting with Doctors James Robinson and Carlos Pacheco and their report will be available on that day in the file labeled CABLE #3.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist with a metal arm and a cybernetic eye. He mostly uses both to play roundball with maximum effectiveness.

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A future version of Billy Kaplan swings by the office for some therapy!

The client, William “Billy” Kaplan—known previously as both Asgardian and Demiurge, and currently as Wiccan—arrived at this writer’s office after a long absence from therapy. Upon inviting Kaplan into the therapy room, however, it became clear that he was not the person I had previously worked with. My client was a late adolescent. “This” Kaplan presented as an adult. After much discussion, the client revealed that he was Kaplan but from a future and possibly alternate timeline. Recognizing roughly the era he found himself in, he decided to come to my office because he recalled a positive therapeutic relationship with me. He revealed he had a therapist in his proper timeline as well but that he was not me and his therapist was not yet active in my present. The client refused to explain why I was no longer seeing clients and I declined to pursue it further out of both respect for Kaplan and fear of what my own fate might be.

The client arrived with a file from his future therapist, a Dr. Robbie Thompson. The case summary read as followed: “Billy is one of the greatest Sorcerers in history. Everyone accepts this as fact, except Billy. He’s never truly believed he was worthy of being Dr. Stephen Strange’s successor to the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme, and I worry this self-doubt will prevent Billy from achieving the greatness we all know he’s capable of, or, worse, put him in a position where his doubts about his abilities compromise his safety, or the world’s.”

This summary did not strike me as particularly surprising or unusual given the client’s history. Previously, I had worked with him in processing the apparent death of a teammate—a death he felt tremendous guilt and responsibility for. Additionally, he was still working through the idea of being the result of the heroes Scarlet Witch and Vision’s relationship as well as the twin brother of Speed and the fact that he could not bring his two biological—insofar as that term can apply to his creation—parents back together. Given his orientation towards a significant internal locus of control, it follows that he would feel tremendous responsibility to be a “perfect” Sorcerer Supreme and therefore feel significant apprehension at his inability to be flawless.

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #10 cover by Javier Rodriguez

As time was at a premium, I chose to focus on validating his fears—as none of us are perfect—while challenging his overall assumption that perfection was a necessary, or, in fact, even desirable level to reach. We explored the impossibility of perfection and the ways in which striving for it—at the cost of ignoring improvement and advancement—is a negative not just for his overall mental health but also for his ability to grow as a wielder of magic and crime fighter.

Before leaving, we began to develop a “toolbox” for him to use to address and overcome feelings of being unworthy of his position as Sorcerer Supreme and general confidence issues in day-to-day life including thought stopping techniques and how to choose easy positive self-talk expressions that feel relevant enough to him to be effective.

While I recognized it was not entirely within his ability to choose, I encouraged him to try to make his next appointment with Doctors Thompson and Javier Rodriguez scheduled for July 12 and provided him a file, marked DOCTOR STRANGE AND THE SORCERERS SUPREME #10, to give to them when he next meets with them, updating them on what was discussed in this session.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist whose colleagues know him as The Therapist Extreme.

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A changed Jennifer Walters attends her first therapy session.

The client, Jennifer Walters, in addition to working as an attorney, has long acted as a super hero known as She-Hulk with an extensive history as an Avenger and solo adventurer. For years, she largely lived her life as She-Hulk and was happy to do so. This was but one contrast between her and her forever-conflicted cousin Bruce Banner who, even when he was in the so-called “Professor Hulk” form, struggled with revealing his—usually—green-skinned alter ego to the world.

All of this is important to note as prologue as the Walters who arrived for session was not tall, muscular, and green. Instead she presented as adult white woman of approximately average height and physical fitness. The client explained that she had suffered a traumatic physical injury that had, in ways not yet fully understood, altered her transformation process. Now, she rarely presents in her Hulk form—she is currently eschewing the addition of “She”—and when she does appears to be grey in color with bright green scars across her skin. She also described her presentation as more “out of control” and perhaps “feral” than her more recognizable green hued form.

The changes in her physical form and transformation process are not all that is different about her, she disclosed to this writer.

While she has, at times, struggled with fear and panic and for a brief time did experience moments of transformation like her cousin where she seemed to become more like a wild animal when particularly afraid, this period was a very short-lived part of her life and did not alter her overall presentation.

Now, however, she reports panic attacks and PTSD-like symptoms that result in what this writer is referring to as “micro transformations”—moments so brief that her physical changes are not even noticed by her but the results surround her. For instance, she might briefly dissociate in the midst of an attack only to realize the elevator keypad is smashed or that her hardwood floor has large finger sized divots in it.

Additionally, the client is processing feelings of grief stemming from the death of her cousin while she was in her coma. These feelings are complicated by the additional knowledge that a former teammate—Clint Barton aka Hawkeye—is the man responsible for Banner’s death and her feelings that perhaps Barton did it at Banner’s behest. She admits she has not grieved properly for her cousin and worries that it might be sometime before she is able to as she struggles to get “the rest of my life back on track.”

Given this writer’s role in assessing Barton’s fitness for trial, I have determined it may be unhelpful to the client to continue to work with me and have therefore referred her to Doctors Mariko Tamaki and Georges Duarte for further sessions. She will next see them on July 12 and their progress note can be located in file HULK #8 at that time.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist used to have a Hulk-like alter ego named the Raging Skull. It mostly just got him in trouble.

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Two key Rebels get their threat levels assessed by our therapist!

As directed by The Emperor, I have infiltrated the ranks of the so-called Rebellion under the guise of an expert in combat related trauma. As this is hardly a stretch, I have been easily believed. While the assignment has been largely unfruitful—in the humble opinion of this therapist—I recently had an opportunity to meet with two individuals identified by the Empire as “high interest targets.” For reasons I respect but do not understand, my offer to eliminate them myself was rejected. Instead, I was told to act my part and pass along any and all information gained. This report is a fulfillment of that request. I maintain my protest of the decision to allow them to live, however.

Skywalker and Organa are two adults, a man and woman, respectively. Organa is a princess by birth and appears to be acting as a tactical leader of the Rebellion. Skywalker is a pilot and I have heard him spoken about as the man who destroyed the Death Star although this writer does not know if this is merely legend or something more.

Recently the two found themselves stranded together on a desert planet. Upon their return, I insisted they needed to meet with me to be cleared. Although both subjects expressed some objection, they did not ultimately resist the request.

Organa presents as confident and driven. While she recently experienced the death of her home world via the Empire’s actions, she does not show signs of a trauma response to it. She is angry, for certain, and acknowledges a level of grieving but one might be tempted to say she is so at peace with it to perhaps be in denial. She is a princess without a kingdom and it seems only to have strengthened her resolve and commitment to this hideous Rebellion force.

Star Wars #33 cover by Mike Mayhew

Skywalker, on the other hand, is volatile. While I know it is the position of the Empire to not look down upon faith in the so-called Force—in deference to Lord Vader, I assume—this writer continues to regard it with a level of skepticism. Therefore, Skywalker’s self-identifying himself as a Jedi trainee comes across as near delusional. Additionally, he is barely in control over the death of his mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi who he states was killed by Darth Vader sometime after the decimation of Alderaan. As records indicate Obi-Wan Kenobi was assumed long dead, I have no idea the accuracy of this. Perhaps whatever makes Skywalker believe himself a Jedi also leads him to believe in the ability to communicate with the long-dead? I can only hazard a guess.

What this writer can confidently report is that both are the threat many believe them to be. Organa is unbroken even after losing everyone she knew, surviving a torture droid, and being lost on that desert world. Skywalker, for all his inability to control his emotions and arguably delusional beliefs in a dead religion—all respect to Lord Vader aside—is a man of great power who has a singular fixation on defeating our glorious Empire, beginning with the death of Vader in particular. The fact that he has proven a skillful enough pilot to, if not actually destroy the Death Star than to at least have survived that assault, only adds to how dangerous he is.

I am turning my findings over to Doctors Jason Aaron and Salvador Larrocca.as instructed. They will review them and issue their report in the file STAR WARS #33, to be released on July 5.

Star Wars Tim Stevens is an ethically challenged therapist who would do well to better respect the ancient ways of the Jedi.

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Grounded, the ace Resistance pilot decides to visit a therapist.

Poe Dameron is an adult male who present as in above average physical health, a perception confirmed by his medical records.

While the client’s reputation precedes him, this is the first time this writer has seen Dameron in a professional setting. Given his status as arguably the best pilot of the Resistance and the numerous accolades he has received over the years, this writer does admit I experienced a certain level of celebrity gazing early in session. I did, however, quickly overcome this and was able to engage with the client in a therapeutically appropriate manner.

The client has been grounded by General Organa following a largely successful mission that nonetheless resulted in the death of a colleague and the loss, to the First Order, of the target they were pursuing. This therapist expected, therefore, that the presenting issue(s) would be related to grief and loss and possibly feelings of guilt and failure.

Initially, that is where the intake began. However, as session progressed, the client became more engaged and open and disclosed that actually what he found himself most concerned with was the General’s charge that he be more than the best pilot, that he find the one thing that would make him invaluable to the Republic and the Resistance.

Poe Dameron #15 cover by Phil Noto

We explored the notion of taking on a more active leadership role, of accepting himself as not just a man giving orders, but a figure of inspiration. The client confessed he had never seen himself in this way and even now struggled to see how others might. Additionally, it was not necessarily a role he aspired to. He loves being a pilot and being known as the best; why does he need to be more than that?

Together we discussed what it meant to him to be “the best” and what it would look like to, in some ways, sacrifice that for a new role—a role that would be both more and less than being the best pilot.

Overall, the client presents as smart and insightful. Although he does have some hesitance to disclose and was resistant at moments, overall he seemed engaged in the therapeutic process and open to the possibility of it being helpful to him.

Given my age and already heavy caseload, I referred Poe Dameron to my colleagues Doctors Charles Soule and Angel Unzueta, and Doctors Robbie Thompson and Nik Virella. His first session with them is scheduled for May 17 to be followed by a second session on June 21. The data for those will be uploaded to the memory units labeled POE DAMERON #15 and POE DAMERON ANNUAL #1 respectively.

Star Wars Tim Stevens is aware his continuity must be confusing. Just imagine that after the fall of the Empire, he found the Force, renounced his previous ways, and joined the Republic to make up for his past ethically dubious choices.

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Our therapist risks his life to profile the Dark Lord of the Sith!

It was my honor to serve The Emperor by psychologically investigating and observing the subject known as Darth Vader. My colleagues—former colleagues—argued against this as deeply unethical, but I know the Empire must come before all else. They stood for their foolish principles and paid the price. I, by far, prefer the rewards of our government as opposed to their punishments.

While the Empire, in its wisdom, did not allow this writer access to Vader’s medical records, it is clear that he is deeply unhealthy. He appears to have significant breathing difficulties and his movements suggest that he is not entirely organic at this point.

Despite his reputation for being a cold and distant figure, it is clear that he, in fact, possesses a wicked temper. He masks it with a flat affect and few words, but his days are marked by him lashing out with what this writer has discerned are some kind of “Force powers.” Although I did not see him kill anyone, there are more than a few rumors to that effect that seem accurate.

Additionally, the subject seems to have a deep inferiority complex. He is constantly plotting to prove himself better than everyone around me. Even as most of the Empire is quite obviously fearful of him, he cannot seem to help but need his worth affirmed by acts of mental and physical superiority.

I also have concerns about his level of focus. It seems that he has been placed in charge of many projects and yet I often noted him seemingly staring off into space for long periods of time. At times, I noted him whispering, “Soon…” or “I know you can feel the power beckoning you to me,” to himself but I have no idea what this might mean. However, I think it is worth investigating further, almost certainly.

To further back up my findings, I have suggested the Empire use Doctors Charles Soule and Giuseppe Camuncoli. I think you’ll find them similarly loyal and morally…flexible. They have June 21 available and will upload the data into the DARTH VADER #2 file.

The Star Wars Universe Tim Stevens is an ethically challenged therapist who loves a nice glass of blue milk now and then.

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Norrin Radd comes to therapy coping with a very human problem.

As noted in previous session, while the client is most often known as The Silver Surfer, he is/was once Norrin Radd, a denizen of the planet Zenn-La. While he feels as though Radd was a previous form and not truly who he is, the clinic nonetheless notes him in his original designation. We do not wish to deny his current identity, but we also believe that his life as Radd, however in the past it may be, is part of what made the Surfer who he is and it should not be ignored.

Now, as in previous encounters, the client presents as deeply introspective as well as casually grandiose. He can be deeply unsettling to many as his mixture of largely affectless appearance and dissertations on the cosmic horrors of the universe is difficult to connect or engage with in ways that might feel meaningful.

That being acknowledged, this session found the client acting, to turn a phrase, in a far more human manner. He and his space faring companion, Dawn Greenwood—a human—recently returned to Earth to be present for the birth of her twin sister’s first child. While the duo encountered significant interference along the way, they did return very rapidly. However, what they came back to was not the exciting event they had anticipated.

Surfer, while no stranger to trauma, tragedy, or suffering, explained that he found himself at a loss as to how to help Dawn. She, he admitted, is his friend and may very well be the person he is closest to in all existence. And yet, he found himself utterly unable to meet her emotional needs at such an important moment.

As we explored his experience of the time since returning to Earth, he admitted that the Power Cosmic makes everything bigger and smaller at once. He can open himself up to the universe in such a way that nearly every feeling, every emotion, every sensation can be available for him to enjoy vicariously through another living being. He can find himself profoundly moved by the first steps of Shi’Ar and horrified by the actions of one Skrull might take against his brother.

And yet they feel so separate from him as well. The writer suggested it might be a bit like looking a friend’s slideshow of their vacation and seeing and appreciating all the sights, all the fun, but also being utterly unmoved by it and the client agreed. It was more clinical than experiential for him.

Silver Surfer and Dawn Greenwood by Mike Allred

Thus, when confronted, face to face, with raw true pain, he found himself adrift. While he watched his friend’s utter anguish, he felt confounded, overwhelmed, and distant all at once. This being he cared for more than perhaps anyone since the love of his life back when he was still Rann was in a state of emotional suffering. He possesses more power than nearly any creature on Earth. And still, all his ideas, all his plans to comfort her, felt utterly inadequate and incompetent in the face of her experience.

So he came to this writer to ask, simply, “What do I do?”

Alas, I had to tell him what I have to tell all kinds of clients—be they hero or villain, alien or human, super powered or standard issue, child or adult—every day. Some things are too big for us. Some things there are no answers for. Some pain cannot be spoken, or hugged, or joked away. Sometimes the only thing that can be done is to stand next to your friend, your spouse, your sibling, your loved one and say, “I’m here for you. As long as you need me, I’m here.”

The Surfer, for his part, found this response utterly unsatisfying; understandably so. I validated his experience of Greenwood’s pain and his experience of his frustration at my reply. I recommended a few books he may want to read. In the end, however, the client simply could not accept that what I offered could possibly be the “correct” answer.

I have therefore referred him to Doctors Dan Slott and Mike Allred who are experts in the field of grieving and support. The first session is scheduled for June 14 and the progress note will be found in file SILVER SURFER #12.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist is here for you. As long as you need him, he’s here for you, Power Cosmic or not.

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In the midst of great upheaval, Kamala seeks solace.

The client, Kamala Khan, presents as a girl in late adolescence in average physical health. She self-identifies as an Inhuman and has experienced the exposure to the Terrigen Mists and subsequent rebirth associated with Inhuman individuals. The client, however, did not grow up amongst Inhumans and has largely not embraced their traditions. Her exposure to Terrigen was not the result of the sacred ceremony but rather the recent reckless spreading of the Mists by members of the Inhuman community who were seeking to either protect themselves or create a more dominant presence on the globe.

The client, nonetheless, bears the Inhumans no ill will and, in fact, has generally been excited to receive powers through her exposure. As a lifelong fan of costumed crime fighters—she confesses one of her favorite creative outlets was writing fan fiction about the likes of the Avengers—she welcomed the abilities with generally open arms and adopted the name Ms. Marvel as an homage to her favorite hero who now operates under the title of Captain Marvel.

Additionally, the client indicates she received some level of self-validation from the experience. Long feeling just a step out of place with her more Americanized—and typically not religious—peers as well as her religiously observant Muslim family, finding out she was an Inhuman gave a frame to those feelings. Of course she felt different than most of the people in her life; she was different than them.

However, the past few months have brought a steady stream of challenges that have left her feelings toward her super powers decidedly more ambivalent.

For instance, the internal super hero conflict over an Inhuman who apparently had some capacity to see the future—although not always in clear ways—led to the client becoming disillusioned with Captain Marvel who came out as a fierce advocate for using the Inhuman’s visions to stop crimes and limit disasters. Khan, on the other hand, saw the potential for a wide range of abuses in the name of safety and, moreover, could not stomach Captain Marvel’s strong-arming of those that disagreed.

On a more personal level, a villain was recently able to find out Khan’s true identity, something that endangered her family and friends as well as herself. The fallout has done much to damage her friendship with Bruno Carrelli, who she often refers to as her best friend.

Ms. Marvel #19 cover by Nelson Blake II

The client’s life, however, has not been without positives. After being widely accepted by the super hero community, she has found a niche with a collection of teen super heroes that call themselves the Champions. Additionally, she has begun to act as a mentor for another young super hero—Moon Girl—an opportunity she has felt honored to receive.

Overall, the client is psychologically and physically helpful. She is, however, also an adolescent and an adolescent super hero at that which means that tumultuous times will be her norm for the near future, if not beyond.

In addition to defining herself beyond her previous idols, she must also define herself beyond the decisions of her parents including in ways that involve her cultural touchstones and religious beliefs. While Kamala seems to love both aspects of her life, she will not necessarily choose to live or worship in the exact same way as her family and coming to terms with that reality will be a process for all involved. Similarly, she will need to decide what her principles are and how strongly she needs to adhere to them to feel like she is being honest with herself and others

The business of being a crime fighter can breed cynicism and lead to significant trauma. It will be important over the course of the client working with this writer to give her a toolbox of skills to promote resilience. This does not mean she will necessarily never deal with depression, anxiety, trauma, or more but rather that when she does, she will have a set of skills that will aid her in limiting the scope of her symptoms and improving her recovery rate.

Given that the client is seeking longer term but less intensive therapy, it was determined that she would be better served by Doctors G. Willow Wilson and Marcos Failla. She will visit them for next session on June 14. Their progress notes will be available in file MS. MARVEL #19.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist remembers what it feels like to be adolescent. Perhaps remembers a bit too well considering how old he is turning this week.

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Delve into the disturbed mind of the former Green Goblin!

Despite years of therapy, including with this writer, Norman Osborn maintains he has no formal diagnoses. He rejects the diagnosis given to him by me during the last time he saw me regularly and insists any and all mental health issues were owed to his exposure to the so-called Goblin Serum and not to any kind of organic mental disorder. Additionally, since his brain’s ability to interact with the Serum has been inhibited, he no longer demonstrates any of his previous symptoms.

Some of this is accurate—the hallucinations no longer seem present, he no longer exhibits an almost compulsive laugh reflect that is set off by mentions of Spider-Man, his family, or the Daily Bugle. He no longer uses the wide range of medications to manage his mental health either, suggesting that, indeed, the Serum had a deleterious effect on his mental health.

However, all his symptoms are not eliminated. He is still prone to anger and violence when his will is questioned or his plans derailed. He still harbors an intense hatred for those he views as having opposed him. The obsessive zeal to succeed or “win” also seems intact at this time. Given the opportunity, it is not hard to see Osborn developing and exposing himself to some experimental chemical cocktail in the quest to defeat Spider-Man or to best a business rival. This supports the notion that the client almost certainly has an Axis II diagnosis—Antisocial Personality Disorder—and likely an Axis I one as well—bipolar disorder seeming most likely.

As prior, the client presents as though he has a strong educational background and privileged life. He continues to be combative and resistant in session, rejecting nearly every observation, no matter how slight, offered to him. He enjoys talking about himself but resents any attempt to steer the stories or question his viewpoint on the matter.

What is most distressing, however, is not the client’s seeming lack of progress. It is the manner of his arrival and subsequent attitude towards therapy. Despite coming on his own without anyone or anything compelling him to do so, he seems to actively resent his time in session. He also rejects goal setting, be they specific—give up criminal activities—or general—reduce overall level of stress. And yet, week in and week out, the client arrives promptly in the office.

Given his history, it seems foolish not to treat the client. On the other hand, he is, in many ways, not really in therapy at all right now. If I did not think the client’s threat to others was so inherent to his character, I do confess I would have discharged him already. However, if there exists a potential that his desire for therapy is authentic and he is just engaging in some rather intense self-sabotage, I cannot, in good conscience, not at least attempt give Osborn the help he obviously needs.

Still, ethically, I cannot let therapy continue to progress in this manner. Therefore, Osborn is being referred to Doctors Dan Slott and Stuart Immonen for a further evaluation and the hope that perhaps different therapists may yield different results. Session will take place on May 10 and the progress note will be available for review in file AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #27.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who wishes he had done the patented Osborn hair before he shaved his head.

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