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.
The client saw this writer for a period of time following the so-called Secret Invasion during which time a Skrull leader impersonated her and used the client’s position in the super hero community to pave the way for the alien takeover of our planet. This was derailed, but the client continued to have significant feelings of guilt and isolation. After a series of focused cognitive behavioral interventions which seemed to help the client greatly, she and this writer agreed to terminate therapy.
The client has now returned to be evaluated for her inclusion in the Secret Avengers program. This writer consulted with other therapists and his attorney and it was determined that this evaluation would not constitute an unethical act by this writer as evaluating the client after being her therapist did not constitute a creation of dual roles. Additionally, the client requested the writer for the evaluation, indicating her general comfort level with this process.
There has been some concern expressed about the fact that she would be working with and alongside Clint Barton (Hawkeye), someone with whom she recently had a short-lived but intimate relationship with. This writer rejects the notion that this is problematic. Many Avengers have been romantically entangled, estranged, or somewhere in between and served together without significant incident. There is no reason to conclude Drew cannot do the same.
Second, the client has a history of being kidnapped, knocked unconscious, manipulated, and made to do things she would not choose to. These have been traumatic experiences she has been largely unwilling to engage with, therapeutically or otherwise. This writer has concerns that this program might be re-traumatizing and/or triggering.
So, although she is a competent operative and someone very able to separate her personal and professional lives, this writer would still recommend Jessica Drew not be considered for membership in the Secret Avengers.
SECRET AVENGERS #1, will be available for review on March 12.
Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and Psychology intern at a small(ish) university in New York City.