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Psych Ward: Alpha Flight

The Canadian government seizes confidential files of their one-time national champions

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By Tim Stevens

Here are the client summaries to fulfill that court order. I must once more join with the rest of the staff in objecting to bowing to the Canadian government’s request on this matter. While I think that these summaries are the best way to respond and maintain some semblance of client confidentiality, I believe this sets a dangerous precedent. Regardless of Cody and his party’s popularity currently, the fact that we are not even attempting to dispute this case in court disappoints and disturbs me.

I urge you to take the staff’s words under advisement. It is not too late to change our minds on this matter.

Guardian- James Hudson, Jr. is the ostensible leader of Alpha Flight, a role he has not always felt wholly comfortable with. However, despite early problems with confidence, at his most recent sessions, he has seemingly overcome much of his insecurity. It remains to be seen whether or not he could maintain this outlook in the face of a large scale crisis, but it is a heartening development, regardless.

Hudson denies any concerns or difficulties processing his recent demise and resurrection and has no desire to explore it further. The only negative outcome he has expressed any interest in exploring is coming to terms with the loss of legal guardianship of he and his wife, Heather Hudson’s only child. He has confessed to feelings of anger towards both the court appointed guardians and the Canadian government for asking him to fight for them but not trusting him to raise his own child. Currently he is working on how to express those feelings in a healthy way that allows him to come to terms with them.

Vindicator- Heather Hudson began her super hero career as something of a consultant and leader from afar, assuming her husband’s position in charge of Alpha Flight after the first time he seemed to die. As time has gone on, however, she became increasingly involved in the combat side of the team and now expresses no difficulties or hesitation in putting herself in violent situations.

Like her husband, she insists she has no lingering issues regarding her return to life. Unlike her husband, she claims to not have been struggling with the loss of custody of her daughter as “everything is going to work out and we are going to be together again very, very soon.” Attempts to explore why she believes this or how it may come to be have been gently but definitively rebuffed. Staff does have concerns about the level and inflexibility of this seeming state of denial.

Northstar- Jean-Paul Beaubier has been largely disinterested in therapy. He has, however, attended for brief periods three times. The first was for group therapy with his teammates, and his twin sister Jeanne-Marie in particular, to process the revelation that he had once been a member of an organization for Quebec independence that had been tied to terrorist activities. Soon after this, Beaubier was revealed publicly as a mutant and gave up his Olympic skiing medals as he could not say beyond any doubt that subconsciously he did not use genetic gift to give himself an advantage. Through our work, he came to terms with both being a known mutant and having to leave behind competitive skiing. Finally, he underwent grief counseling when his adopted daughter, Joanne, succumbed to AIDS. Additionally, he used these sessions to explore the idea of revealing his sexuality, ultimately choosing to do so and using his status to raise aware of HIV/AIDS and gay rights issues.

Overall, Beaubier is frequently taciturn and highly resistant to allowing himself to be emotionally vulnerable. This is not unusual for people with super speed and may be a by-product of the accelerated manner in which they process information, especially in social situations.

Aurora- Jeanne-Marie Beaubier’s history is considerably more traumatic than that of her twin Jean-Paul. After they were separated early in their lives, Jeanne-Marie ended up in a highly strict religious boarding school/orphanage where she was physically and psychologically abused. The abuse only increased in the wake of her mutant powers manifesting as they were seen as an affront to God. At some point, the trauma became too much for Beaubier’s mind to bear and she developed Dissociative Identity Disorder, an illness she continues to struggle with.

What is unclear at this time is how many “personalities” Beaubier possesses. It is clear that Jeanne-Marie, the original, “prim and proper” alter, and Aurora, the more extroverted, fun loving side, still exist. However, she has exhibited others at times, including a dark, angry personality that Norman Osborn attempted to manipulate as part of his so-called “Dark X-Men” project. She remains reticent to even acknowledge the disorder, never mind explore her alters. Until such time as she allows herself to do so, it is unlikely she will be able to be in control of her illness.

Puck- Eugene Judd has not sought therapy at any point from this office. The only information we have available to us at this time indicates that, following his recent resurrection, he has spoken extensively about time spent in Hell. There, he has claimed, he opposed and defeated the devil and ruled the netherworld himself for a time. As we have no documented information on the existence of Hell and no access to Judd himself, it is difficult to discern if this is a delusion or an actual account of Judd’s life after death prior to his revivification.

Sasquatch- For much of his life since becoming the hero known as Sasquatch, Dr. Walter Langowski has struggled with issues of identity. These have included quelling the influence of the Great Beast he merged with to become Sasquatch, death, a temporary existence as the robot Box, and living in a woman’s body—the same woman who had, in fact, killed him. Throughout it all, while he did seek therapy, he has remained surprisingly upbeat and, with the exception of when it appeared most of Alpha Flight had been killed The Collective, has not given in to hopelessness.

Marrina- Marrina Smallwood is an alien creature raised by a loving family that treated her, without question, as their own daughter. Her life entered a time of significant upheaval, however, when she married Namor. What should have been a blessed event, her pregnancy, changed her into a massive sea creature that Namor felt compelled to slay. While she was not truly dead, she lay in a dormant state for some time until she was discovered and used by Norman Osborn. Namor killed her again, for real this time, only for her to be returned to life as a humanoid shortly thereafter. While she came into the office on advice from friends, she was combative throughout the session and has not yet opted to return despite their being significant issues worthy of discussion and exploration.

Snowbird- Much like Sasquatch, Narya’s story is one of identity struggle. A mystical being that aged into adulthood at an accelerated rate, she quickly learned that she was bound to Canada and any attempts to leave would drain her of energy, stymying her attempts at individuation. Further identity pressures were caused by her abilities, which allowed her to change into animals but carried with them the risk that she would lose her personality if she stayed in animal form for too long.

Still, Narya made the best of her situation, marrying and starting a family. Unfortunately, she was possessed by someone called Pestilence—again a loss of identity—who forced her to slay her own family. She was then killed, lest Pestilence do further damage still, and Langowski’s soul took control of her body.

Currently, Narya is resistant to exploring the identity question more in depth, focusing instead on the family she has lost and what it means to her to be returned to life.

Shaman- Nearly all of Michael Twoyoungmen’s therapeutic work has been focused around issues of grief, guilt, and difficulties connecting with his daughter Elizabeth. According to him, his problems began with his rejection of a family legacy because he did not believe in magic and therefore felt no need to become a mystic. Within days, his grandfather—the man who wished to train Twoyoungmen—and his wife died. The incident left him overcame by grief, causing him to pass off his daughter on another family while he struggled with fulfilling his family’s legacy. Elizabeth, meanwhile, developed a resentment of her father than only grew with time.

In the years since, Twoyoungmen has seen his daughter die and return and has done so himself. They both have become Talisman, a mantel that left each cold and nearly inhuman at times, and have fought one another. While the relationship at time appears to be in a state of improvement, it is clear there is still significant work that must be done to heal their family bonds.

Other session notes can be acquired from Doctors Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and Dale Eaglesham on November 23 and are found in the file marked ALPHA FLIGHT #6

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Practicum Trainee at a Federal Correctional Institute and a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant who has experience with individuals struggling with anger, guilt, loss, and questions of identity.

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