The client goes by the moniker “Silver Surfer” but identifies as once having been a member of a humanoid race of the planet Zenn-La known as Norrin Radd. For the purpose of record keeping, he is listed under this name at our clinic as “Silver Surfer” is just a human label and Radd is more reflective of his life and culture even if he, personally, does not believe himself to be Radd anymore. In session, however, it is recommended the therapist simply mirror how the client refers to himself.
pointed out by previous therapists, this covering has created a certain distance between himself, although it is unclear if the shell actually “makes” this happen or if Radd’s reaction is psychosomatic in nature.
In general, the client presents as deeply introspective as well as casually grandiose. He can be deeply unsettling to many as his mixture of largely affectless appearance and dissertations on the cosmic horrors of the universe is difficult to connect or engage with in ways that might feel meaningful.
This, however, is not without reason. Much of the symptoms that Radd presents are often rooted in traumatic life experiences. In the case of Radd, he has been placed, again and again, in the horrific position of seeking out and offering planets filled with life to quell his master’s insatiable hunger. As all indications point to him being a moral creature, this task is, no doubt, devastating to him. Additionally, in order to do this, he was ripped from his planet, his family, his friends, and his life and given abilities so significant they appear to have left him feeling lost, adrift in himself. He is, in many ways, a stranger in his own body.
The writer has recommended Norrin Radd, the Silver Surfer, seek out therapy—alongside the woman in question—with Doctors Dan Slott and Mike Allred. The results of their session will be available March 26 in the report SILVER SURFER #1.
Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens, MA is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and Psychology intern at a small(ish) university in New York City. He rarely has time to consult with entities of vast cosmic power these days.