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Psych Ward

Psych Ward: Professor X

The Professor contemplates his mortality before penning his last will and testament.

Doctor Charles Xavier is a male of average height and weight. Due to prior physical trauma, the client is a highly functional paraplegic. It does not appear that paralysis spreads beyond the client’s legs and this is reflected by his medical information. The client is a self-identified mutant who is viewed by many as the father of the doctrine of peaceful co-existence and, to that end, has founded such initiatives as the Xavier Institute and the mutant rights group known as the X-Men as well as several of its sister organizations.

It should be noted that the client’s mutant gift is powerful telepathic abilities and while, as in times past, Xavier has contracted not to utilize said powers within session to manipulate or obfuscate, it is important for any staff dealing with him to maintain self-awareness and question any behaviors they may engage in around the client that seem uncharacteristic of themselves.

The client has a history of seeking therapy with this writer and typically presents as well-mannered and well-educated. Xavier clearly enjoys discussing the complexity of psychology and sharing what he learned while pursuing his own degree in the field, but it never comes across as condescending or an attempt at one-upmanship with the writer. He is comfortable in conversation with the writer, but measured. Every response offered to a question is typically preceded by a long pause and is clearly well thought out. As such, it is often difficult to elicit spontaneous reactions from the client.

      While this became less the case over the course of our last treatment, some of this guardedness has returned. However, this is an understandable reaction to a break in the therapeutic relationship and thus not of great concern unless it continues without abatement over time.

      In our previous work, the therapy was focused on interpersonal dynamics and possible personality disordered behaviors. Xavier returns now, however, with more existential concerns. Although he has suffered tremendous bodily injuries in the past, injuries that seemed to have killed him and has also faked his own death, the client seems to be struggling confronting the reality of his mortality in a more purposeful manner. Evidently, Xavier has begun the process of putting his affairs in order and found himself dealing with emotions and thoughts that he has generally never experienced or successfully ignored or suppressed unit now.

      He is, as typical, staid in his presentation on these matters, but nonetheless admits to anxiety, sadness, anger, guilty, and shame, amongst other emotions. He finds himself confronting not only the question of if there is something beyond this life but also what this life has meant. He has concerns about his legacy and if he used his gifts to their greatest effect.

          These are, of course, not unusual feelings to wrestle with for anyone and Xavier is hardly anyone. Still, years spent avoiding these common concerns have made them feel all the more overwhelming to him. Therapy will be centered on these existential struggles and finding peace with his mortality as well as radical acceptance of the way his life has progressed as opposed to becoming mired in questions of what might have been,

          Charles Xavier is set to meet with Doctors Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo on July 16. Session notes will be available in file UNCANNY X-MEN #23.

          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 believes that people with bald pates need to look out for one another.



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