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Psych Ward: Ultimate Falcon

The winged Ultimate comes down from the skies for a trip to the couch.

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By Tim Stevens

Samuel Wilson is an adult male who presents as being in above average physical condition. He is currently in the employ of S.H.I.E.L.D., specifically as assigned to the Ultimates where he serves under the call sign “Falcon.” Although the client’s focus and interests lie in the area of scientific research and applications, he has extensive military training and is adept at the use of a “wing harness” that grants him the ability of personal flight. 

Wilson was sent to this writer by Director Nick Fury for his yearly analysis, a requirement of all Ultimates operatives. Fury indicated that he has shown no signs of any mental disorders, including trauma related ones, and has found the client’s performance in both the field and as a valuable scientific mind to be beyond reproach. This writer has been cleared to share this information in this session note.

In the session, Wilson presented as thoughtful and cooperative, but only to a point. He admitted little interest in therapy and typically responded only to the questions asked, making no effort to elaborate unless asked and at no time introducing his own thoughts, concerns, and so on into the milieu. When asked if there was anything he would like to discuss or thought would be relevant to his mental health, he claimed that this writer had been thorough and he had nothing to add. 

While individuals like this—low emotion, high responsibility—are often difficult to read entirely accurately, inspection of his file and observation of his body language, micro expressions, and statements would seem to indicate he is being forthright. This writer, in agreement with Fury, sees no signs of trauma or other mental illness.

Disposition wise, the client is not without concerns, however. As noted above, his personality type is historically difficult to read and therefore future signs of problems may be easy to miss. If Wilson does develop any difficulties in the field or in general, the problem may be extensive before anyone is able to notice. 

The client also appears to have high levels of empathy. For instance, the field journal of the incidents involving the alien android labeled “Vision” indicate that Wilson reached out to the creature and offered “her” a place to stay when she lost her ability to return to space. For the population at large, empathy is an excellent quality. For a man in super powered combat situations, it could prove distracting and/or deadly.

Overall, at this time, the writer sees no reason why the client should not be allowed to continue to serves as Falcon with the Ultimates and for S.H.I.E.L.D. at large. As noted there may be some things to watch out for, but they do not provoke a high concern level in this therapist. 

Samuel Wilson will receive a second evaluation from Doctors Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic on January 25 and February 29 in keeping with S.H.I.E.L.D. protocol. Their conclusions will be available on those days in file ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #6 and ULTIMATE COMICS ULTIMATES #7, respectively.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens, MA is a Practicum Trainee at a community mental health facility and a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant who has experience working with individuals who have survived war and war-like trauma.

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