April 5, 2019

Therapist Spotlight: Dr. Jack Tsan

What do you enjoy most about working with people with anxiety disorders?

I like working with anxiety because it is highly treatable. Anxiety is a natural part of life and it can either help or hinder us. I get excited when people progress from their anxiety–when what was once debilitating, is now turned into an opportunity of growth. Another reason I enjoy working with people with anxiety is that individuals with these conditions often come into therapy with high energy and a commitment towards getting better. As a result, therapy sessions can be quite fun and interactive.

Is there a time in your life when you had to overcome anxiety?

Definitely. My encounter with anxiety occurred when I sustained a bicycle accident, which resulted in broken bones and injuries to my face. I knew that if I never got back on the bicycle again or refused to discuss the accident, that the avoidance would eventually lead to a chronic anxiety condition. In addition to the anxiety, there is also the chronic pain component, in which I was able to apply much of what I learned from Eastern Mindfulness practices and cognitive behavioral therapy to help me learn to live with pain and discomfort. It was not long before I recovered from my injuries and got back on the bike. Through these experiences, I have learned to continue connecting with anxiety as it can allow one to learn about ourselves and encourage us to live a life we value.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I love to go running with my dog, Lucy, who like any other Siberian husky, has a lot to say. I also enjoy lindy hop, which is a form of swing dancing, and I have competed in a few dance events. As much as I prefer physical activities for enjoyment, there are also days I enjoy spending time with my friends and family playing board games.

What do you enjoy about working at ATCA?

I am extremely thankful for Diana, director of ATCA, and my colleagues who provide a supportive environment where Austin psychologists can grow professionally. In addition, having easy access to consultation fosters enhanced patient care. I find that everyone at ATCA shares a similar value of providing high quality care while recognizing the importance of work-life balance. It’s fantastic to work among those with whom you share similar goals and values.

If you could have breakfast with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?

I would love to have breakfast with my mother. She rarely goes out to eat; therefore, it is quite a sight to see her intrigued and smiling, as even the most basic breakfast item is a first time experience for her.

>> Read Dr. Tsan’s psychologist profile.