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19 Aug 2018 @ 2:25am

Lieutenant Junior Grade Wyndsor Emerson, Ph.D.

Name Wyndsor Tierney Emerson, Ph.D.

Position Chief Counselor (PSYCH)

Rank Lieutenant Junior Grade


Character Information

Gender Female
Species Human
Age 33

Physical Appearance

Height 5'6"
Weight 126 lbs.
Hair Color Brown
Eye Color Hazel
Physical Description Wyndsor is of medium height but athletic, and dances to keep in shape. While she likes to look her best, she isn’t particularly interested in dressing to attract the attention of the opposite sex. She dresses off-duty more for comfort than style, and usually keeps her brown hair pulled up or back, so it is easier to manage.

Family

Spouse None
Children None
Father Kyle Robert Emerson
Mother Sylvie Stone-Emerson
Brother(s) None
Sister(s) None
Other Family None

Personality & Traits

General Overview Growing up, Wyndsor kept a lot of her personal emotional turmoil to herself. She was often so busy studying or working, she didn’t have time to get too upset with her parents or to acknowledge just how lonely she was. She kept her eye on the prize, and outwardly, appeared outgoing and forgiving of her parents’ “cerebral quirks.” As she grew older, she became more rebellious and ultimately more depressed -- smoking, drinking, and doing almost anything for a good time.

Now away from home and with more time to build an independent life for herself, she has begun to appreciate how difficult it must have been for her parents to raise a child and accept that their daughter was rejecting their way of life. Wyndsor is more forgiving and patient than she once was, but also more reserved and withdrawn at times when she thinks about her family. She still grieves the loss of her parents, but hasn’t lost her warmth or sense of empathy that has made a successful doctor and counselor.
Strengths & Weaknesses She is even more passionate about her work these days and even more grateful for the chance to do it. Never one to mince words or hold back, especially when it comes to protecting those she cares about, Wyndsor is even more driven to get the most out of life. Her sense of empathy can be a weakness at times because it can cloud her sense of objectivity. She struggles with being herself occasionally because she can still hear her parents’ voices in her head telling her not to be so emotional. She works hard to win the battle with depression every day and succeeds or fails in varying degrees most of the time. Wyndsor's other vices, sweets and vodka, are for celebrations or particularly trying days, but on any given day, she'll tell you she is going to quit.
Ambitions As much as Wyndsor has tried to accept her parents for who they are, deep down, she most desires their approval and praise. She understands intellectually they may never give her what she needs, but a part of her is still a little girl waiting to be embraced. Wyndsor also would love to be a wife and mother someday, as she aspires to give her child the life she didn't receive.

Hobbies & Interests Wyndsor will read anything she can get her hands on, especially anything related to her profession. She also takes any opportunity she can to surround herself with people, as she hates brooding by herself.


Personal History Growing up, Wyndsor Tierney Emerson always knew she had been born into the wrong family in Chicago, Illinois on earth. For as long as she can remember, her parents, Kyle and Sylvie, an engineering and physics consultant for Starfleet, respectively, loved to tell anyone who inquired about their accidental pregnancy. Even more amusing than that, they believed, was the story of how after nine months of pregnancy, their future son – Wyndsor—was born a daughter, whom they stubbornly still named Wyndsor, partially named after her father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Kyle and Sylvie were the first to admit they never planned to be parents, and they weren’t exactly warm, nurturing people. Her mother, ever the scientist, treated her pregnancy and her daughter more like a project, someone to discover, and her father, disappointed that his dream for a son had not been realized, treated her like a son, when he regarded her at all. Wyndsor always knew they loved her in their own ways, but the older she became, the more she realized how smart, and yet socially inept, her parents were. Wyndsor was what her parents always called soft—empathic, socially conscious, and more curious about people than ideas.

Wyndsor’s parents believed in gaining knowledge for knowledge’s sake, and only begrudgingly acknowledged Starfleet because of its role in trying to keep the Federation safe so that others could pursue more intellectual tasks to support themselves. They resented Starfleet’s militaristic structure, and made no secret of the fact that their daughter was not to be associated with Starfleet under any circumstances.

Although they never expressly told her they expected her to follow in their footsteps, as a young girl, Wyndsor received the most praise and attention whenever she showed an interest in her parents’ work. Naturally, Wyndsor made every effort to please them and hang on to the attention she was starved for, and though it took many painful hours of study, the bright girl was on her way to proving she could be a brilliant engineer like her father.

By the time she was a teenager, however, Wyndsor was tired of trying to be a person she knew she could never be. As she gained more independence and discovered more about herself, she realized her true calling was to be a healer. Wyndsor kept this specific realization to herself for many years, but began to pull away from engineering, and from her father’s perspective, she began to pull away from him as well.

Her mother, who began to believe her daughter’s change of heart might lead her to a career in the “hard” sciences like herself, came to Wyndsor’s defense at first. Her daughter’s intelligence and seemingly insatiable curiosity about the world around her, she reasoned, would serve her well as a scientist. All the time spent socializing and being concerned about the welfare of the people around her was considered immaturity and a lack of focus as far as her parents were concerned.

Given their lack of understanding and willingness to see her for who she really was all her life, it came as no shock to Wyndsor to discover her parents “didn’t understand” her decision to pursue a career in psychology. She also expected her parents to disapprove of her decision to join Starfleet, but to this day, she never realized she could feel any more emotionally distant from her parents than she already was. For the four years she attended Starfleet Academy and the four years she spent in more advanced residencies, Wyndsor exchanged curt letters and the occasional communiqué with her parents.

Wyndsor knew she wanted to serve as a counselor in Starfleet, but she also knew she wanted to do more than a typical counselor of the line. After her initial education, she was thrilled to pursue more advanced studies in forensic psychology, Federation law, and diplomatic relations followed by a two year internship which allowed her to gain experience with Federation corrections, JAG HQ, and the Federation Embassy. Her decision to pursue these fields further disappointed her parents, who didn’t respect or attempt to understand such touchy-feely and inexact work.

Over the years, the three made some strides toward growing closer, as Wyndsor worked hard to prove herself, but her parents, particularly her father, wasn’t shy about his disappointment and his desire for her to come home and make a more simple life for herself. It became a very old argument and contact between she and her parents became more sporadic, eventually ceasing altogether. Wyndsor served aboard the medical ship the USS Aeschylus for one year after completing her training. She enjoyed working with other medical professionals like herself, and she learned a great deal about staying cool under pressure. One year aboard the Aeschylus was considered serving the equivalent of three years on some other vessels, however, and Wyndsor knew she wanted to do more with her career.

Her ability to critically evaluate complex situations under pressure without losing her care and concern for people was attractive to the psychological rehabilitation program established aboard Starbase 611. Often tasked to treat traumatized, burned out, addicted, or just troubled members of the fleet, the staff came to rely on Wyndsor to not only render medical and psychiatric opinions, but to offer counsel and medical assistance to individuals and entire crews in need. Wyndsor refused to "diagnose and run" and she became particularly skilled at offering insights from her personal struggles to help others manage the traumas that often preceded their intervention in the first place.

Eager to challenge herself even further, and to take advantage of her diverse interests and training, Wyndsor was later thrilled to be assigned to the USS Nimoy, a vessel dedicated to diplomacy. She saw it as the perfect opportunity to utilize the entirety of her diverse skillset.

Wyndsor expected to remain aboard the Nimoy for some time, so it came as a surprise when she was ordered to report to the USS Hawaii after a year of service once again. Once she understood the Hawaii’s focus was to be security, counter-intelligence, and counter-terrorism, she realized her clinical skills and knowledge of criminal investigation and law could perhaps be of service.

Service Record 2384 – 2386: Staff Counselor, USS Aeschylus
2386 – 2387: Assistant Chief Counselor, Starbase 611
2387 – 2388: Chief Counselor, USS Nimoy
Present: Chief Counselor, USS Hawaii