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Psych Ward: Hope Summers

The first mutant born after M-Day ponders her whirlwind existence in therapy

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By Tim Stevens

Hope Summers presents as a young adult woman of average to above average physical fitness. It should be noted that her physical age is difficult to gauge due to various time travel vagaries. Additionally, although in session she appears seems to have a mental and emotional age that matches her appearance thus far, it is not unheard of in situations such as this that both of these lag behind the client’s physical development and should be monitored throughout the therapeutic relationship.

In session, she conducts herself thoughtfully and appears to be open to the therapeutic process. Her range of emotional expression is appropriate to the situation and she demonstrates strong eye contact.

The client’s history is unusual. She reports being the first baby detected to have mutant abilities after the event referred to as “M-Day” in the mutant community, a time during which the mutant population was greatly reduced. As such, she was the subject of much interest by a number of parties. The situation apparently reached such a fevered pitch that she was plucked from our timeline and taken to the future by mutant rights activist Nathan Summers, better known as Cable. In the future, Cable acted as the client’s surrogate father. Additionally, he married a woman named Hope (the client’s namesake) who acted as a mother to the client.

Things were far from idyllic there either, however, and Hope spent most of her formative years being pursued by those who believed her to be evil or dangerous. This pursuit cost her both her parents, forced her to witness horrible events like combat and torture, made her use force to protect herself, and saw her abducted and her life threatened, by both words and actions, several times.

While this is certainly a history that can prove fertile ground for Acute Stress Disorder or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, heretofore the client does not display symptoms of either. She seems remarkably well adjusted and reports enjoying her current mission to find “the other Lights,” a subject she declined to discuss more in-depth. This stands as the only time she exhibited any signs of resistance to therapy and it appeared to be more at the behest of others who perhaps warned her to keep her current goals under wraps.

While certainly an individual who has gone through as much as Hope bears monitoring, she does seem to have, at this time, coped with the traumatic events of her life in a healthy way and remains resilient.

In order to verify this, this writer is referring Hope Summers to Doctors Kieron Gillen and Salva Espin for an appointment on January 5. For further information on the client and to see their conclusions, please refer to file GENERATION HOPE #3, available on that day.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens, MA is a Practicum Trainee at a Federal Correctional Institute and a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant. He has experience working with individuals with extensive trauma histories.

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