We had the good fortune of connecting with Bryan Tzeng and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bryan, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
Over the years, I’ve realized there is an imminent need to normalize mental health in our society. Our mental health should be prioritized the same way our physical health is. Another important lesson is that of being comfortable with vulnerability. When I speak of vulnerabilities it is the sharing of our feelings, thoughts, wants, and needs to ourselves and others. It can be challenging to live a vulnerable life as it means we have to be willing to accept that we’re flawed. Yet, when we can accept and be vulnerable with our self, we can begin the path to being our authentic self.

What should our readers know about your business?
As an Asian business owner, I’m passionate about inclusivity, whether it be race or sexual orientation, I know what it feels like to be discriminated against. I want every person that walks into our office to feel safe and comfortable. I wanted to start a practice that would make my family proud, and it was a difficult decision with a newborn, but I took the plunge and I’m excited, anxious, and optimistic about the future.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Such a difficult question! In Fort Worth, visit the stockyards to watch the longhorn parade, followed by an early dinner on Joe T Garcia’s GORGEOUS outdoor patio (my wife and I had a post-wedding brunch reception here, it’s just so beautiful). Then catch a movie at Coyote drive-in, or simply walk around Sundance Square.

In Dallas, take a trip to Kirin Court for delicious dim sum, then visit the Arboretum Botanical Garden and enjoy the flowers and plants, as well as the view of White Rock Lake. If you want a stunning nighttime view of Dallas, visit the Reunion tower once the sun goes down, or catch a Mavs game, whichever is your speed.

I would suggest visiting the Asian markets in Carrollton, there are many great Asian restaurants in that area, and don’t forget to grab a delicious pastry from 85 degrees and some boba tea from Gong Cha.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Dr. Linda Metcalf was and still is an influential mentor in my life. She was my professor at Texas Wesleyan University and my supervisor as I attained my licensure. Dr. Metcalf taught me that all humans want to be affirmed, accepted, and nurtured, she is someone who I try to emulate. I also have to shoutout Dr. Todd Baker, owner of Logos Counseling. He gave me the opportunity to develop and hone my clinical and leadership skills in a positive and encouraging environment.

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