By Tim Stevens
Natalia Romanova, also known as Natasha Romanoff-she prefers Natasha-is an adult female who appears to be of above average physical fitness. She tends to arrive exactly on time for session, slipping in quietly via a side door. She presents as confident but guarded, often reacting to small noises or changes in the environment with a hyper-vigilant focus. She speaks with a slight
Currently, the client is a freelancer, occasionally working for agencies like the now defunct S.H.I.E.L.D. or acting as a vigilante under the moniker Black Widow. She describes the work as largely fulfilling and denies any moral concerns with what she does.
Currently, the client reports feeling pushed and pulled in many different directions by recent events in her life. On the positive side, she is in a relationship with the current Captain America, James Barnes, and feels very comfortable with him. However, a former lover's return to her life as part of a plot to break her found her having to revisit several individuals with whom she had had previous romantic relationships. She found this
Additionally, the client has found herself the target of an assassination attempt that she remains unclear on the purpose of. While danger is not a rare thing in her line of work, it is unusual for her to be targeted beyond the parameters of a mission or super hero battle. The result is an increased level of paranoia and suspiciousness that extends to nearly everyone around her.
Overall, the biggest difficulty Romanoff seems to be struggling with right now is reconciling her past actions with who she is now and trusting herself to be a decent person, both in relationships and as a spy and hero. As such, the writer is using validation extensively to reassure the client that what she did in the past made sense given where she was coming from and what she was doing at those points in her life. At times, the therapist is also validating that many would have reacted as she did if placed in the same situations.
Natasha Romanoff's next appointment is scheduled for May 12 with Doctors Marjorie Liu and Daniel Acuna. Details on the session can be found in file BLACK WIDOW #2. She also appears in "
Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and Practicum Trainee at a college counseling center who works with individuals coping with recent stressors and conflicting emotions.
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