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Psych Ward: Colossus Revisited

As the power of the Juggernaut increases, the metal mutant worries for his psyche.

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By Tim Stevens

Piotr Rasputin is an adult male of above average height and musculature. The client presents as quiet and thoughtful. He speaks with a slight Russian accent and occasionally uses expressions like “Comrade” but seems to be largely integrated into American society at this point in his life. He is a self-identified mutant who has the ability to turn his body into organic steel. He has served as a member of the mutant rights group the X-Men and several of its sister groups like Excalibur under the name Colossus. He does not appear to consider either Piotr or Colossus to be his “proper” name and will respond to both without issue.

Recently, the client made a deal with mystical being named Cyttorak to assume the power of the super powered criminal Cain Marko, best known as Juggernaut. The client did so to best Marko who had absorbed another mystical set of abilities as part of what the press called the Worthy and was a growing threat to literally bring an end to the Earth. Following the defeat of Marko and the rest of the Worthy, Rasputin retained the mystical abilities.

His decision to do so immediately impacted his life negatively, unraveling his relationship with fellow mutant rights advocate Katherine Pryde. He is strongly resistant to discussing this break up but has allowed that she felt his drive towards self sacrifice was excessive and left very little place in his life for her.’

The power of Cyttorak has further complicated his life by seemingly subverting his personality on occasion. He and others who have witnessed such events describe it as though another person with an entirely different outlook on life and motivations seizes control of the client’s body and mind.

As such, staff, including this writer, has been working with the client in confinement on the island of Utopia off the coast of California. Rasputin is under lock and key by his own request for what he claims is the “safety of everyone else.” He endorses feelings that nearly any physical confrontation now leaves him feeling as though he is teetering on the edge of losing control. He admits that he fears the next time he does so, he will “lose” himself entirely, but is unable to explain what gives him this impression beyond simply feeling that way.

For obvious reasons, the realm of the mystical is not this writer’s forte. The client rejects the notion of working with Doctor Strange on the matter given the current conflict with the Avengers even as he agrees that Strange does seem to be uniquely qualified to help.

In any case, this writer is therefore focusing on symptom maintenance. Included in this are stress relief techniques with the hypothesis that the more the client is stressed, the more he feels he is vulnerable to losing control. Additionally, a lot of session is dedicated to psycho-education around the idea that “feelings are not facts” and that just because he feels as though he may lose control does not mean or prove he will. In fact, the anxiety these feelings evoke may make him more likely to experience the symptoms he is so concerned about it. It is the hope of all parties that between the relaxation techniques and an increasing acceptance that feeling nearly out of control is the not the same as actually not being of sound mind.

Piotr Rasputin’s next appointment is with Doctors Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness on June 13. Please review file AVX: VS #3 for details.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens, MA is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and Practicum Trainee who has experience working with individuals coping with recent stressors and feelings of not being in control and losing one’s personality under moments of extreme emotion.

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