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Psych Ward: Spider-Woman

After months in captivity and being impersonated, Jessica Drew struggles to reclaim her life...

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By Tim Stevens

Jessica Drew is an adult female who presents as being of above average physical fitness. As the super-powered vigilante known as Spider-Woman, the client possesses a wide range of abilities, including the emission of a pheromone that can cause attraction and/or fear. Aware of this, Drew uses a special perfume to mask the effects of the pheromone which can prove quite strong in small quarters.

Despite a history of physical ailments including fluctuating powers, the client denies any current health concerns and claims that a series of recent physicals confirms this.

Drew is currently serving as an agent for S.W.O.R.D., an organization dedicated to assessing and opposing any extraterrestrial threats. Additionally, the client reports a standing offer to be part of the so-called "underground" Avengers, extended to her by current member Wolverine.

 
The client has come in for therapy predominantly due to feelings of guilt and persecution. As now widely known, during the so-called "Secret Invasion," the leader of the assault, the Skrull Queen Veranke, chose to assume the guise of Spider-Woman. Despite there being several other individuals who were kidnapped and imitated, the client feels particularly alone and reports being unable to connect with other "survivors" in any meaningful way. She also feels that the government's public service ad campaign to inform the citizens of who was impersonated has been largely unsuccessful in reducing people's negative reactions to her. As a result, Drew feels ostracized and judged.

Additionally, despite reporting that "rationally" she understands she had nothing to do with the incursion, she continues to feel very responsible for what was done with her image. These feelings of guilt can be overwhelming and she registers some anxiety relating to interacting with others because of it, especially while in costume.

The writer has begun to work with the client using Cognitive Behavior Therapy to resolve some of the thinking errors that are causing Drew's guilt. It is the staff's hypothesis that if the feelings of guilt can be resolved, the client will be able to better connect with others and the feelings of being singled out will fade and/or become more manageable.

 
If they do persist, the writer intends to utilize Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy to help her manage those feelings and remove the temptation to further "awfulize" an already unfortunate situation.

The writer, additionally, is encouraging Drew to confront her historical difficulties with trusting herself and others due to, in part, a history of being manipulated and acting as a double agent. At this time, the client has declined to commit to this therapeutic goal.

Jessica Drew's next appointment will be on November 11 with Doctors Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. Details on the session can be found in SPIDER WOMAN #3.

Tim Stevens is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and Doctoral Intern at a college counseling center currently pursuing his Psy D. who has experience with individuals struggling with difficult to manage emotions.

 
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