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The Bright Sessions

Lauren Shippen

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Start with episode 01. Dr. Bright provides therapy for the strange and unusual; their sessions have been recorded for research purposes. Visit for more information and additional content.

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46 - Damien

20:31 | Dec 27th, 2017

Damien adjusts to his new way of life.

49 - Movie Night

26:29 | Mar 7th, 2018

Episode 49: The gang tries to have a normal night in. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at or text therapy to 500-500.

48 - Mark

37:25 | Jan 24th, 2018

Mark tries to move forward.

23 - Patient #11-A-7 (Caleb)

21:00 | Jun 8th, 2016

Emergency session at the patient's request.

22 - Telephone

22:31 | Jun 1st, 2016

Phone conversations from approximately 12:30 AM on Friday to 12pm on Saturday.

19 - ID 46942 - Log 426

12:19 | May 11th, 2016

Personal log 426 (summary of quarterly meetings)

18 - Patient #12-D-10-9 (Sam)

18:18 | May 4th, 2016

Not an official session - more of a personal meeting.

16 - Patient #13-A-3 (Chloe)

16:19 | Apr 13th, 2016

Session 7 with a mind reader. I am hopeful that she might assist me with my meeting next week.

14B - For SB (Mini Episode 2)

08:52 | Apr 8th, 2016

Hopefully this will make things clearer for you, Sam. Just press play - JB.

15 - Patient #11-A-7 (Caleb)

15:55 | Apr 6th, 2016

Session 19 with one of my teenage patients. He had big plans this weekend to tell a friend about his ability and seemed quite nervous about it.

14 - Patient #12-D-10 (Sam)

17:47 | Mar 30th, 2016

Session 9 with patient twelve - she called me last night and left a strange, excited message. I gather something out of the ordinary has happened on one of her trips.

Mini Episode 1 - The Voicemail of Dr. Bright

04:20 | Mar 28th, 2016

Voice messages left on Dr. Bright's answering machine on a Friday.

13 - Patient #13-A-3 (Chloe)

16:28 | Mar 23rd, 2016

Session 6 with Patient #13 - we took an unscheduled month off but I think we can get back on track quickly.

12 - Patient #12-D-10 (Sam)

19:10 | Mar 16th, 2016

Session 6 (5? Check records) with Patient #12 - unscheduled but very welcome.

10 - Patient #5-E-3 (Damien)

16:15 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Session 30 (session 29? 31?) with my highest risk patient.

09 - Patient #13-A-3 (Chloe)

13:57 | Jan 10th, 2016

Session 5 with a telepath. The patient has been steadily gaining more control of her power over the past month and I may soon be able to categorize her as a Level 4.

08 - Patient #11-A-7 (Caleb)

16:22 | Jan 3rd, 2016

Session 13 with this Level 7 empath. Though he still has difficulty balancing strong emotions, he is learning to control his ability better and may soon be downgraded to a Level 6.

07 - Patient #12-D-10 (Sam)

15:06 | Dec 27th, 2015

Session 4 with a time traveler who has yet to gain control of her ability. I have only observed her ability in action once, but I hope to change that.

06 - Patient #13-A-3 (Chloe)

14:17 | Dec 13th, 2015

Session 2 with a twenty-year old mind reader. While initially resistant to the idea of hearing other's thoughts, the more she talks about her ability, the more she is able to believe that diagnosis.

05 - Patient #11-A-7 (Caleb)

19:16 | Dec 6th, 2015

Session 10 with a teenage empath. His continued exposure to a fellow student may help him learn to control his ability.

04 - Patient #12-D-10 (Sam)

16:45 | Nov 29th, 2015

Session 2 with the time traveler, Samantha Barnes. After returning from one of her time trips last session, she left quickly - I was surprised, but relieved, that she made another appointment.    Visit

03 - Patient #13-A-3 (Chloe)

13:35 | Nov 15th, 2015

Session 1 with Chloe Turner, the daughter of the first atypical I ever met. Her mother said she has been having difficulties in college and is concerned that Chloe may also be atypical.    Visit

02 - Patient #11-A-7 (Caleb)

17:03 | Nov 8th, 2015

Session 9 with a 16 year old empath. The patient has been having some difficulty at school but a fellow student may provide an opportunity for him to gain better understanding of his ability.

01 - Patient #12-D-10 (Sam)

12:56 | Oct 27th, 2015

Session 1 with Samantha Barnes, a young woman with a Level 10, Class D ability. She found me through the ad I placed in the paper offering "therapy for the strange and unusual".      Visit

The Bright Sides - Patient #1-A-5

23:11 | Mar 18th

*This episode contains discussion of infant death. Listener discretion advised* Dr. Bright gets a visit from her oldest Atypical friend. Visit Get $80 off your first month by going to and use the code t...Show More

The Bright Sides - Patient #6-C-1

33:09 | Feb 18th

Dr. Bright has a session with a patient feeling a little...grey. Written by Aron Brown. Performed by Julia Morizawa & Aron Brown.

The Bright Sides - Patient #2-B-4

32:11 | Jan 21st

Dr. Bright finally has a reason to use her fire extinguisher. Written and sound designed by Mischa Stanton. Performed by Julia Morizawa and Sammi Lappin. Get $80 off your first month by going to and use the code therapy80.

Arcs - New Podcast from Atypical Artists!

02:53 | Jan 10th

Lauren Shippen, Briggon Snow, Jordan Cope, and Nathan Stanz are in a new actual-play D&D podcast. Go to to listen now and follow @atypicalartists on twitter!

The Bright Sides - Patient #4-A-5

33:10 | Dec 17th, 2018

Dr. Bright makes a house call. Written by Gabriel Urbina. Performed by Julia Morizawa and Zach Valenti. Sound designed by Mischa Stanton. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Start a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free. Go to audib...Show More

The Bright Sides - Patient #9-A-2

19:43 | Nov 19th, 2018

Dr. Bright gets a visit from an old patient with an unreliable ability. Written by Caitlin Schneiderhan. Performed by Julia Morizawa and Sean T. Krishnan. Go to and use the code THERAPY60 to get a total of $60 off, that's $20 off your ...Show More

The Bright Sides - Patient #7-B-3

20:12 | Oct 15th, 2018

A younger patient causes some problems with Dr. Bright's session recordings. Written by Eli Barraza. Performed by Julia Morizawa & Eli Barraza. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Start a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free. Go to...Show More

The Bright Sides - Patient #8-C-6

33:40 | Sep 17th, 2018

Dr. Bright sometimes has a hard time seeing one her less frequent patients. Written by Jordan Cope & Briggon Snow. Performed by Julia Morizawa & Michael Felix.

Introducing Wolverine: The Long Night

04:38 | Sep 12th, 2018

We’re bringing you something special this week: a preview of Marvel’s first scripted podcast, Wolverine: The Long Night. The first episodes are out right now, free, wherever you get podcasts. Subscribe to Wolverine: The Long Night in Apple Podcasts: ...Show More

The Bright Sides - Patient #3-B-2

22:48 | Aug 20th, 2018

Dr. Bright conducts a therapy session over Skype. Written by Anna Lore. Performed by Julia Morizawa and Shelby Young. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at or text THERAPY t...Show More

The Bright Sides - Patient #10-E-2

52:37 | Jul 16th, 2018

*Please be advised that this episode contains brief mentions of drug abuse, suicidal thoughts, and child abuse* Written by Julia Morizawa. Performed by Julia Morizawa & Jasika Nicole. Thanks to Casper for supporting our show. Save $50 on select mattr...Show More

56 - Dr. Bright

53:06 | Jun 13th, 2018

Episode 56: Dr. Bright packs up her office. Go to and use the code therapy30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries.

55 - The AM

39:33 | May 30th, 2018

Episode 55 - Discoveries and changes are made. Thanks to Care/of for supporting Bright Sessions. For 25% off your first month of personalized care/of vitamins, visit and enter promo code therapy.

54 - Telephone 3

25:23 | May 16th, 2018

Episode 54: Phone conversations from the evening of April 10th.

53 - Sam

39:05 | May 2nd, 2018

Episode 53: *This episode depicts anxiety attacks and emotional distress. Listener discretion is advised.* Sam's past and present catch up with her. Thanks to Casper for supporting our channel. Save $50 on select mattresses at More

52 - Caleb

30:44 | Apr 18th, 2018

Episode 52: Caleb goes looking for some advice. Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free 30 day trial at or text THERAPY to 500-500

51 - Wadsworth

33:47 | Apr 4th, 2018

Episode 51: Ellie has a strange day. Go to and use the code therapy30 to get $30 off your first week of deliveries.

Announcement - The Future of the Show

04:04 | Feb 7th, 2018

Hi everyone, this is Lauren Shippen, the creator and writer of The Bright Sessions and also the voice of Sam, as you can probably tell. As you know, we’re on our mid-season hiatus and will be back with Episode 49 in one month. But I wanted to drop in...Show More

47 - Adam

30:10 | Jan 10th, 2018

Adam looks in from the outside.

45 - Chloe

27:49 | Dec 13th, 2017

Chloe struggles with recent events and makes an announcement. promo code therapy30

44 - Patient #14-A-8 (Rose)

25:39 | Nov 29th, 2017

Session 7 with my dreamwalking patient.

42 - Subject #E-307

26:16 | Nov 1st, 2017

*Please be advised this episode contains mention of suicide, kidnapping, and emotional abuse* Two months of logs from Subject #E-307.

41 - Birthday

26:25 | Oct 18th, 2017

Episode 41: A series of interruptions hamper the celebration of another year.

40 - Safe House Part II

54:37 | Jun 7th, 2017

*Please be advised this episode contains the aftermath of violence, discussions of self harm, and intense psychological distress* Audio from the safe house on Friday, November 11th.

39 - Safe House Part I

23:47 | May 24th, 2017

*Please be advised this episode contains violence* Audio from the safe house on Friday, November 11th.

38 - Telephone 2

22:28 | May 10th, 2017

Phone conversations from November 10th through November 11th.

37 - Patient #14-A-8 (Rose)

30:10 | Apr 26th, 2017

November 3rd: second session with my newest patient.

36 - Patient #11-A-7 (Caleb)

25:42 | Apr 12th, 2017

A less than normal session, due to the events that transpired directly before.

35 - Patient #13-A-3 (Chloe)

22:17 | Mar 29th, 2017

My latest conversation with Chloe was interrupted by a series of visitors.

34 - Frank

38:01 | Mar 15th, 2017

My first full session with Frank Sawyer (non-atypical/atypical-adjacent).   *Please be advised that this episode contains descriptions of violence and war, and deals with some of the trauma that results from these actions.*

33 - September 24th, 2016

37:03 | Mar 1st, 2017

Phone calls and recordings from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon.

32 - Damien, September

19:53 | Jan 25th, 2017

For Joanie - hopefully she can help.

30 - Friday, 9/23/16

23:44 | Dec 28th, 2016

Personal audio notes from Friday, September 23rd, 2016 - OAG

Mini Episode 7 - Caleb, 9/16

04:28 | Dec 21st, 2016

Caleb asked me to meet him at the park and well...I'll probably delete this later. Maybe.

29 - Sam, September 13th

25:51 | Dec 14th, 2016

Sam returns and we catch up on the past few months.

28 - Patient #13-A-3 (Chloe)

24:34 | Nov 30th, 2016

Truncated session with Patient #13 before a new patient came in. He defies my usual categories.

GUEST EPISODE - Introducing Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape

13:38 | Sep 20th, 2016

Today, we bring you a special guest episode: a preview of Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape, a new audio drama podcast told week after week. Secrets, Crimes & Audiotape will feature stories about crime, mystery, love, conspiracy… Some will be dramas; some ...Show More