Christopher Cheung, PhD

About Me

I was born and raised in Suriname, a small country in South America. Both my parents were immigrants from Hong Kong, China. My identity is a multicultural blend of Biblical Christianity and Chinese values, while growing up in the Dutch education system and Suriname culture. This multicultural rich experience influences my professional work, such as being able to converse in Cantonese, Dutch, Sranan Tongo, and English.

My personal interests include trying new kinds of food and coffee, learning about new cultures, and playing strategic board games. I am also a Miami Hurricane football fan.

Education

After graduating from high school, I was blessed with the opportunity to study in the United States of America to pursue my college degree. I attained my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University in 2009, my Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Miami in 2012, and finally attained my PhD in Counselor Education at the University of Florida in 2017. All my academic coursework and field experience shaped the foundation of my Counselor Educator identity.

Clinical Experiences

I am an Associate License Counselor, working towards attaining my license as a Licensed Professional Counselor as. I will be training under the supervisory guidance of Bart Grooms, LPC, LMFT, MDiv. My clinical experiences included interning at a substance abuse facility for adolescents, providing counseling services at a community mental health clinic, and at a pediatrics hospital setting. I work primarily with adolescent clients, families, and couples, and my academic interests are in counselor development and multicultural counseling. My approach to psychotherapy includes family systems and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.

Office Locations:

Homewood Office

Cahaba Park Circle, St. 202 (Hwy 280)

For appointments email us at info@samaritanbirmingham.com, or call 205-967-3660 or 205-730-6080