Mutant expert Cullen Bunn lends a hand in evaluating the original five!

Here are my and Doctor Bunn’s notes and observations on the mutants as requested. You received their releases in advance and we have kept copies as well should their waiving of privilege need to be proven at a later date. Please let us know if there is anything further we can do to help

Jean Grey: With the knowledge of her future—or the future she would’ve had—Jean has proven to more assertive at a younger age than the Jean Grey who was not plucked from the timeline and moved forward. With this assertiveness has come some arguably problematic behaviors including overreaches in power and some manipulations.

Overall, as Dr. Bunn describes below, the main thrust of Grey’s therapy is about her feelings of responsibility for her teammates and the larger mutant community.

Dr. Bunn’s Notes: “Jean Grey has assumed a leadership role among the young X-Men, but she struggles with worry that she could be letting her teammates down. She has put her team on a potentially very dangerous path, and she feels solely responsible for their safety.

“She also shows concern over being patronized by the rest of the X-Men. She relies upon and confides in her teammate Scott Summers, who understands the struggles of leadership. Knowing that the older X-Men have faced great challenges in their lives, she hopes to prepare her team to better face the same level of threats.”

Cyclops: Summers, intriguingly, has followed an almost opposite path than Grey. Instead of the knowledge of his future making him more assertive and dedicated to assuming a leadership role, it has served to encourage him to take a step back. While supportive, he has gladly ceded the role of team leader to Grey. This stands in contrast to a Cyclops who once would literally fight teammates for the “honor” of leadership.

Knowing his future has also allowed him, it seems, to expand his attention beyond mutant concerns as demonstrated by his joining the Champions and exploring the idea of being more of a super hero and less of a mutant spokesperson/advocate.

Dr. Bunn’s Notes: “The destructive power he possesses—and the great discipline he feels he must always maintain—has contributed to Scott’s restrained, controlled, and rigid demeanor. He was the first of Professor Xavier’s X-Men, and he feels that this distinction comes with a great responsibility. Still, he is somewhat relieved that Jean has taken a leadership role for the team.”

Beast: Henry McCoy is an intriguing case to this writer. I’ve gotten to know the “adult version” as a devoted man of science so to see his teenage self beginning to dabble in more mystical pursuits has been both interesting and alarming. The client’s struggle to find a path when, of all the clients, his future seems the least fraught has certainly caught my attention, leading me to wonder if there has been some tragedy encountered by the client since he arrived that he has kept secret or that the adult McCoy has hidden or suppressed some painful memories while I worked with him.

X-Men: Blue #1 cover by Arthur Adams

Dr. Bunn’s Notes: “Hank is a man of many secrets. Since finding himself lost in our time, he has struggled to find his place in the world and his value to the team. This has led him to dabble in the mystic arts, a new interest that could prove dangerous for him.

“When cautioned about the risks inherent with the magical arts, he scoffed, saying that he has a ‘teacher’ who is guiding him in this new field of study. No record of this teacher could be found.”

Iceman: Of all the team, Bobby Drake seems to have taken the most advantage of this timeline, for lack of a better way to express it. While his confession of his sexuality was something he was rushed into by Grey’s mind-reading, he has since proven rather comfortable with both the self-knowledge of his desires and living an out life. While his adult counterpart has often seemed to vacillate between identities and responsibilities to the point that it was difficult to know if he had an authentic self, this teen seems comfortable, level-headed, and very aware of who he is.

Dr. Bunn’s Notes: “Bobby uses humor to mask his feelings of discomfort and nervousness. A great deal has changed for him since he arrived in our time. He has developed a romantic relationship with the Inhuman Romeo, and he is experiencing a wide range of emotions, as would any teenager. The fact that the young men no longer see each other as much as they once did—because of physical distance and increased responsibilities—causes Bobby a degree of uncertainty and worry. This anxiety appears to be manifesting as minor fluctuations in his powers.”

Angel: The popular conception of Warren Worthington prior to the traumatic destruction of his wings and subsequent alliance with Apocalypse was that he was a gifted and privileged adolescent who experienced little by way of adversity that was not directly associated with his wings.

This interpretation may have been true, but the teen Worthington in our timeline has shown himself to be far more complex. After being compelled to stay by Grey’s powers—as noted above, an unfortunate side effect of her increased assertiveness—Worthington has quickly shed his timeline homesickness, replaced by a sort of reckless arrogance. In some ways, he has become the least charitable assumptions about him: that he is a self-involved rich boy who only cares about his own glory. That would be concerning enough on its own, but paired with a violent streak that is unlike anything recorded about his adult counterpart’s years as Angel, it becomes something altogether worrying.

Dr. Bunn’s Notes: “At first, Warren was the most uncomfortable of the time-lost X-Men, wanting desperately to return to his point of origin. He has, however, now embraced this time period as willingly as—if not more so than—his teammates.

“With his abilities changing to be more dangerous, Warren has adopted more aggressive tactics in combat. Perhaps this has influenced a more impulsive side of his personality. Warren appears to be displaying near-narcissistic tendencies in his relationships with his teammates and others.”

This X-Men team will next meet with Doctor Cullen Bunn and his associates Doctors Jorge Molina and Matteo Buffagni on April 12 and the session notes will be found in the file labeled X-MEN: BLUE #1.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who knows his teenage version is out there somewhere, just whooping it up.

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For Richard Rider, returning to life has not been an uncomplicated thing…

Richard Rider is a young adult male who appears to be of average to above average physical fitness. When last he met with this writer, he was active as a member of an intergalactic police force as the super hero Nova. Since his apparent death, the Nova Corps have largely been eliminated and his role as Earth’s Nova fulfilled by a teenager.

In fact, change was an overwhelming theme of the client’s therapy. He confessed that, while he could logically grasp that his physical death—which resulted in his consciousness being uploaded in the Worldmind, a sort of vast organic database that powers the Nova helmets, the part of the uniform that seems to endow the users with their power of flight, strength, and energy projection—he did not fully grasp how much time would seem to have passed. The client was able to acknowledge that chronologically it had actually been a fairly short time, but the changes to the world around him felt vast.

Despite achieving a sort of eternal life after his physical death, the client finds himself feeling more mortal than ever. Although he died and continued on—and in fact, now lives to tell the tale—he finds himself feeling incredibly vulnerable. The world seems additionally fragile as well to him and he points to the fate of several heroes—dead, replaced, turned villainous, gained children or replaced by younger protégés—as part of this experience.

Client also endorsed that he had been experiencing flashbacks and visual hallucinations including seeing others as sort of rotting, walking corpse versions of themselves. Client made it clear that these hallucinations reflect the kinds of things he saw in the Cancerverse and were not, for instance, daydreams about zombies.

Nova by Mike Deodato

Overall, Rider seems honest but hesitant to fully explore what is happening with and to him. When asked he feels or is worried if there might be physiological issues as well, the client became agitated and deferred.

We also explored the notion of feeling replaced by the new, younger Nova. Rider denied this stridently and pointed out how well they worked together. Therapist acknowledged this but suggested it was possible to both like and respect someone and still feel as though you’ve been replaced by them or resent the situation that has put you both together. The client refused to discuss this concept further.

Given client’s earlier success with it, this writer is working with Rider using Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) because it points out the thinking errors in the client’s cognition with an irreverence that he responds to. Given his experience with it, the therapist predicts the client will integrate activities like positive self-talk quickly into his day-to-day life and recover rapidly.

Given the fact that he literally died, this therapist has referred Richard Rider out for a consultation with experts in the field, Doctors Jeff Loveness and Ramon K. Perez. Their report will be available to review in files NOVA #4 and NOVA #5 which will be available on March 8 and April 5, respectively.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who is fine with death. Really. Just fine. Can we just stop talking about it?!

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The heart of the X-Men enters crisis!

Jean Grey presents as a woman in her late adolescence/early adulthood in better than average physical fitness. The writer, having previously seen some of her compatriots, was surprised to see her looking as young as she did. However, the client explained that she was most likely not the Jean Grey he had heard about over the years prior but rather an earlier version moved forward to the future. Although this therapist finds this all very perplexing, the client’s self-reporting on the matter does seem accurate.

Since arriving in the future, Grey has found herself bombarded by information from a life yet to come, including struggles controlling the Phoenix Force—and the consequences of the times she has been unable to do so—her relationship to Scott Summers—Cyclops—including their eventual marriage, and the general increasing volatility of mutant relations.

Understandably, this knowledge has proved very distressing to the client. While she has not done any of these things yet—and is unlikely to, given her time displacement—she still feels a certain connection to these, to us, past events. Making things more complicated is that many of the other individuals she has encountered since her arrival all seem to look at her and treat her as the adult Jean Grey they’ve known for years. When she does something that “their” Jean wouldn’t she can feel them judging her. Similarly, when she doesn’t do something that they would’ve expected the adult Jean to do, she is aware of their disappointment. She feels trapped by a past and reputation that are not hers and expressed to this writer several times that it feels as though she often cannot make the right choice. If she does what they want, she betrays her own instincts; if she does what she thinks she should, many people will be confused or disappointed.Jean_grey_all_new_x-men

This has been especially on her mind as of late because of the state of mutantkind. Everything, she has explained, feels very precarious to her and she knows that mutants, especially her teammates in the X-Men, need stability. She knows that, in the past, Jean Grey was often a source of that stability. She can feel within herself the potential to be the same but knows that whatever she does to help her teammates and fellow mutants it will be different than the other Jean would’ve done and worries if that, in and of itself, will create more fear and uncertainty than if she did nothing at all or, as she has tried previously, just went off and lived her life as someone else, concealing her mutant abilities and disconnecting herself from the mutant rights movement.

Despite the enormity of the situation and how confusing it must be, this writer estimates the client’s prognosis to be good. She is thoughtful and intelligent, has a natural charisma, and is clearly a very empathetic individual. Additionally, even if they might have high expectations for her, she has a wealth of people ready and willing to support her and the X-Men are known for having a significant level of resources within their reach.

To gain a better understanding of how time travel and long term displacement might affect a person’s mental health, this writer has referred the client for an appointment with Doctors Jeff Lemire and Eric Koda on Match 22. They will make their findings available to this writer in file EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #20 so that they can be addressed and incorporated into Jean Grey’s therapeutic sessions.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who knows if Jean Grey read his mind, she’d find that he is a huge fan of party mix. And he is not ashamed.

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After getting tangled up with The Punisher, the DEA rep faces suspension!

Agent Ortiz, the client in question, reported for her debrief on time and appropriately attired for the session. She initially presented as respectful to the therapist’s position and the circumstances that had brought her to the office. However, as the session progressed, she became increasingly angry, dispirited, and disinterested in participating in a manner that the DEA would consider “helpful.”

At the heart of the client’s suspension and her anger is her involvement with a case that put her in contact with the violent criminal “vigilante” known as The Punisher, Frank Castle.

The client asserted to this writer that she began her career as an idealistic and rule adhering agent. A quick review of her file seems to reflect these assertions. Up until this current case, the client followed protocol well, seemed highly committed to the DEA’s mission statement, and delivered on several cases assigned to her.

In the course of working this case, however, she has acted in a way contrary to the oath she has sworn to uphold the law and to the standards and practices of the DEA. In her zeal for what she described as justice, she aligned herself with Castle on a dangerous and unsanctioned maneuver that resulted in the death of her partner, the decimation of a long-running operation, and the escape of The Punisher.

The client, however, generally refuses to accept responsibility for her actions or acknowledge her errors. Instead, she has outwardly directed her feelings, converting them mostly to anger and grief, and focusing all of them on Punisher.

Despite the terms she agreed to in her suspension, this writer must advise the DEA to monitor her closely. Everything about her presentation and what she disclosed suggests she has no intention of adhering to the agreement and plans to pursue Castle immediately with a focus firmly not on justice but revenge.

Given her level of animosity, clearly unstated and unaddressed negative emotions, and possible evidence of trauma reactive decision making, this writer is referring the client for further therapy from Doctor Becky Cloonan on March 15. The treatment note can be found in the file PUNISHER #10 if the client does attend. This writer warns, however, that this seems unlikely at this juncture.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who is also a loose cannon that gets the job done.

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Sam Wilson tries to find balance as he wears the stars and stripes!

The client, Sam Wilson, has worked with this therapist on previous occasions including to work through emotions raised by the death of his nephew, Jim Wilson, from AIDS-related complications, short-term follow-up visits to process things like a history of criminal activities as a youth and attempts at mind control to assess for possible dissociation or delusions, and trauma stemming from being abducted and tortured by a white nationalist/white supremacist terrorist organization.

These all occurred when Wilson also identified himself as the costumed hero “Falcon.” Since then, the client has taken on the mantel of Captain America, initially to replace his friend and mentor Steve Rogers and then continuing on even after Rogers once again resumed activities as the Sentinel of Liberty.

This time, the client was visiting to discuss concerns he has about how he may have changed since taking on the mantel. For instance, he finds himself concerned that the need to represent the American Dream—and to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps—has blunted his more activist impulses. Having heard from and watched younger minority identified heroes like Rage or the new Falcon, he has spent time wondering if some of the criticisms may be valid.

These doubts coincide with a rising tide of criticism from right wing identifying organizations that are demanding he give up the role of Captain America because he is somehow unworthy of it. Wilson admits that he does not think that they are right and is inclined to believe that his skin color has far more to do with their criticisms than he is abilities. However, the anger they engender in him does concern him and he worries about controlling his temper in the field when it feels surrounded by criticism.

Overall, the client just wants to process strong feelings that he is working through at this time. Given the position he is occupying at the pressure therein—both internal and external—this is a healthy reaction and his decision to seek therapeutic support was praised and validated as such.

We began to explore the client’s sense of duty and the feeling of his need to be all things to all people. We discussed how perfect is the enemy of good and as a person he is bound to make mistakes, but that just because someone does not agree with what you’ve done does not necessarily make you wrong or mistaken.

The client seemed to respond well to this interaction and admitted he felt better as he left than when he had when he arrived.

Given the short-term nature of the work and the number of clients this writer is already carrying, the client will begin seeing Doctors Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuna on March 15. His note will be available for review in file CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #20.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who knows he’d be the first in jail if they ever outlaw the expression “perfect is the enemy of good.”

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Will our therapist know fear?

Theodore Sallis, who requested I call him Ted, presents as—for lack of a better way to describe him—a shambling being made up entirely of plant matter and swamp muck. According to the client, he was once human and presented as such, but the combination of an experimental serum and a car accident turned him into the being he is today.

We explored this early incident at length—the fear of it, the feelings of pain and anger directed towards his wife for betraying him, the regret of his recklessness—before the client revealed he had never spoken from the time of the incident until about a week ago.

On the basis of this, this therapist evaluated the client for selective mutism. However, given Sallis’ statements, it appears the loss of speech was not psychological but rather physiological. However, that conclusion does not manage to explain the seemingly spontaneous return of speaking ability. The client, for his part, is trying not to worry about the why of it and just appreciate its return. As a scientist, however, he confesses that it has been difficult not to wonder.

This therapist, having previously observed the client in his natural habitat, shared this information with him and his observations. Sallis seemed not to recall the several hours he was under observation but did, generally, agree with the conclusions that the writer had drawn from the experience.Thunderbolts_Vol_1_154_Textless

The client, however, stated that his presenting problem stems not from the traumatic incident that forever changed him, his time since as a sort of dimensional protector, or the return of his speaking voice but rather a recent trip to Hollywood. He had found himself, suddenly, after years of resignation and acceptance, horribly sad about his presentation and feeling as though people were inherently cruel.

He described his time in the swamp as occasionally lonely but never marked by feelings of being hated or ostracized except by those who he described as, “pretty terrible to begin with.” However, in Hollywood, he found otherwise seemingly decent people to be judgmental and mean-spirited. For the first time in a long time, he became acutely aware of what he had lost and of how his current appearance separated him from the masses.

Given the depths of exploration necessary and the recent upheavals to a life that has been stable if unconventional, this writer suggested further sessions and the client agreed.

Because of my current caseload, Sallis (aka Man-Thing) has been referred to Doctors R.L. Stine, German Peralta, and Daniel Johnson. His next appointment is scheduled for March 8 and their session will be found in the file marked MAN-THING #1.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist never expected to have a mistake of nature in his office but this job always surprises.

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Dig into the mind inside the son of Thanos!

The client, Thane, sometimes known as “Thane the Healer,” presents as an adult humanoid in what appears to be above average to excellent physical health. He identifies as the son of Thanos which would make him alien—specifically native to Titan—but his files also note he is an Inhuman which makes him an Earthling as well.

As a child, Thane was raised in relative isolation in an Inhuman kingdom. However, besides his lack of companionship—and thus a deficit in socialization—the client indicates that he felt largely happy and content during his development.

Following his exposure to Terrigen Mist, however, the client concedes his life has gotten considerably more complex and confusing. However, Thane insisted his reason for seeking the writer was not to discuss his past or wrestle with family system issues.

Instead, the client sought to engage this therapist’s Existential Therapy skills. He has found himself deeply concerned with issues like good and evil; when we save others do we ultimately just prolong their pain or help them commit further injustices? Does a superior person have the right to seize power regardless of the initial consequences because she or he will be better for the universe overall? And so on.

The client did confess that recent events have at least played into these questions. Having a death worshipping power mad father who immediately sought to destroy you when he learned of your existence is certainly part of it. Additionally, the advisors and mentors Thane has had over the course of his life have taught him often conflicted lessons and even when receiving their multiple insights, real world events seemed to suggest none of them were right.

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Thanos (2016) #4

Despite the depth of his questions and the volatility of his life recently, the client seemed almost detached in his exploration of the topics he raised. Although he stated how important these ideas were to him, he presented them with a casual coldness that seemed to suggest otherwise.

Yet, at session’s end, the client immediately requested another appointment explaining that he had found the time tremendously helpful. Despite not seeing any signs in his affect suggesting this was true, this writer agreed to see him on an ongoing basis, at least in the short-term.

In the meantime, I will be studying the client’s history as presented by Doctors Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato in the academic volume THANOS #4, available for public review on February 22.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist has quite enough existential horror in his life these days, thank you very much.

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Illyana Rasputin returns to therapy in the heart of the Inhumans Vs. X-Men war!

The client Illyana Rasputin had a prior therapeutic relationship with this therapist that was interrupted due to a series of life events. At the time of therapy she was engaged in a variety of therapeutic interventions including family therapy with her brother Piotr (also known as the mutant rights activist Colossus), group therapy with adult and adolescent survivors of abuse and crime, and extensive, eclectic talk therapy utilizing elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (for emotion regulation), Interpersonal Psychology (to reconcile her images of herself), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (to diffuse faulty thought patterns like, “Destruction is the only way to achieve my goals”).

As before Magik presents as though she is older than her chronological age due to a combination of being artificially aged by time in Limbo and an extensive trauma history. She continues to engage with her memories in a flat, distant way, suggesting some level of dissociation, most likely as a defense mechanism. When not discussing herself, she continues to present as tightly wound and moments from losing her temper. She did not actively rant as she did during her previous round of therapy but the anger is still obviously present.

Magik’s concerns, however, were far less spiritual/mystical than what brought her in the first time. She continues to identify as a demon sorceress and claims to have no soul, but rather than worry about that, she admits to having a crisis of confidence.

Mutantkind has experienced significant setbacks as of late, from M-Day forward and Magik feels particularly responsible for some of them given her failed participation in the so-dubbed “Phoenix Force,” a group of mutants identified as terrorists whose behavior has since been excused on the basis of the corrupting influence of the cosmic being known as the Phoenix.4378935-illyana_rasputina_(earth-616)_uncanny_x-men_vol_3_4_cover

Now, she finds herself once more fighting for what she identifies as the future of mutantkind against another sect of super powered individuals, the Inhumans. Increasingly, she has been thrust to the forefront of this effort and now features prominently in an apparent plan the she feels will end the battles, provided it is successful. She declined to describe it in more detail, however, so this writer has no ethical obligation or, to be honest, ability to report the possible future legally questionable activity.

Regardless, given her past mistakes and what she characterizes as failures, she is deeply worried she will be unsuccessful leading this activity and cripple the mutants’ attempts to protect themselves. Despite her exterior, she presented as worried and vulnerable towards the latter part of session as she disclosed her feelings of being certain she will fail and the will be, once again, responsible for a devastating blow to her community.

Utilizing her past therapeutic experiences, the therapist guided her through several thought stopping activities designed to challenge the negative automatic thoughts she is experiencing.

The therapist also attempted to engage her around the idea that a violent solution is the right or only solution and that putting herself in a situation such as this is an unhealthy choice that may harm her and her population as much, if not more, than it may help them. This therapist makes note of this because it may have been an error in approach to, as a member of the majority with significant privilege, suggest to a client who is of an oppressed minority the “best way” to behave. While I remain dedicated to nonviolence, to imply that the use of violence is never good, given her history and the history of mutants, came from a place of privilege and no doubt represents a rupture in the relationship. This writer will work to repair this rupture in the next session and going forward.

For further insights into the client, this therapist will also be reviewing the scholarly work of Doctors Jeff Lemire and Victor Ibanez available to the public on February 22 in the journal EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #19.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is an Outpatient Therapist who tried to ease tensions in session by singing “All These Things I’ve Done.” The client did not react as expected, despite the quality of Stevens’ rich baritone singing voice.

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The Black Panther reaches out for help understanding the rogue Dora Milaje!

The following is a summary the two subjects, Ayo and Aneka, and their initial psychological battery for inclusion in the Dora Milaje, yearly check-ups, evaluation to stand trial, and other assorted encounters between them and our offices.

This information is being provided under protest. Despite the court order, this office believes that this data should be protected and that their initial releases no longer stand up under scrutiny given changes in their status with the government. However, given the Wakandan court ruling, we recognize we have no legal right to withhold.

The subjects, Ayo and Aneka, were ideal Dora Milaje candidates. They presented as physically healthy and in above average shape. Additionally, on intelligence testing, they demonstrated excellent recall, a strong knowledge background, and a propensity for problem solving even under pressure and time constraints.

In training, they largely adapted to situations with little to no difficulty. Neither ever was reported for errors in judgment, for exhibiting signs of distress, or for insubordination.

In reviews, both seemed dedicated to Wakanda and the ideals of their country as they saw them. They felt, as most do, that serving King T’Challa and the royal family as Dora Milaje was a tremendous honor.

Throughout their service, both did demonstrate a strong desire to help those disempowered and to represent equality for all people in the nation. They saw this as part of their job and as in keeping with traditions and beliefs of Wakanda.

In summary, prior to the occurrence of Aneka’s “crime,” both individuals were very committed to their roles and very psychologically healthy.

After the trial and death sentence, however, both experienced a tremendous sense of disillusionment. Both felt betrayed by the institution they belonged to and the country they fought for. They saw themselves as being “right” regarding what were the values of the country and that it was the leadership that had become wrong.

They are not, however, mentally ill. Their reaction, while arguably extreme, has not abandoned logic and does not seem to suggest the subjects can no longer understand the difference between right and wrong. They have become radicalized, it is true, but these reactions are not a sign of a disconnect from reality. The only arguable diagnosis this writer can put forward is Acute Stress Disorder in reaction to the trauma of their way of life, their belief in a system, being dashed.

This writer would refer the crown to Doctors Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay, and Alitha Martinez for further information as they have had far more session time with Ayo and Aneka and our experts on the history, values, and day to day life of the Dora Milaje. Their latest volume on the subject, BLACK PANTHER: WORLD OF WAKANDA #4, will be available for scholarly review on February 15.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is an Outpatient Therapist who has quelled a rebellion or two in his time. But that’s classified.

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The violent therapist reunites with his former boss in session!

This is a transcript of recorded session notes as provided by QualTran, the very best in therapy notes transcription.

Greg Salinger, MHC, recording session notes for intake of one Wilson, Wade and subsequent counseling session.

I disclose that the client and I shared a prior working relationship. While I have been instructed by S.H.I.E.L.D. to keep the details of this relationship undisclosed, I have been granted permission to refer to it as “freelance problem solving.”

Given our possible multiple roles relationship, I consulted with another therapist on the matter, one Timothy Stevens. He insisted I could not see Dea—err—the client, Mr. Wilson. That there was no ethical justification. S.H.I.E.L.D. however reassured me that I have special status and need not worry about the ethical code most therapists are bound by.

I also should say Wilson has no idea of who I am. I am just his new therapist as far as he is aware.

In session, the client goes on and on and on. So self-involved. He didn’t even acknowledge the dissolution of the business enterprise he shared with myself and several others. He’s moved on to freelance with others and acts as though there was no such freelance problem solving prior.

The client does genuinely seem to have moment he wants to do good. Deadp—Wilson, however, does things—things that have nothing to do with the voices in his head—that make doing good almost impossible. I can relate. But I’m better now.

Can he better though? I don’t know. He’s pretty messed up. And selfish. He never treated my colleagues and I really well. And I can’t do the same kind of therapy I’ve done with other clients because S.H.I.E.L.D. says he can’t know who I am. Oh and Timothy Stevens says he’s beyond help without an intensive in-patient program and an array of psychiatric meds.

But, then again, what the hell does Stevens know? He keeps telling me not to call him and, I think, is pretty disrespectful towards me despite us being colleagues. If he does that with his clients, I bet he never helps anyone.

So maybe I can help Wilson. Maybe he just needed a therapist like me. After all, I helped myself.

Yeah…yeah…I bet it’ll be easy!

Apparently S.H.I.E.L.D. recommends I talk to Doctors Max Bemis and Dalibor Talajic abut the client. See that conversation in file FOOLKILLER #4, to be transcribed by February 8.

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