Course Background

Cheryl Assuage is a Psychotherapist and David Baldwin is a Clinical Psychologist.

The Couplet program has come from over 20 years of working with individuals and couples. Many years of listening to, understanding and working with peoples biographies, stories and their relationship. Understanding what has influenced the individual to become who they are, what motivates them to grow and become more of their potential in life and what attracts two individuals to form a relationship and then in turn create a life path to journey together. Unravelling some of their defences and roadblocks on their journey together and transforming differences and difficulties into real opportunities of growth and development for both individuals.

Cheryl and David have been in private practice together for over 25 years.
Some of the influencing modalities for the Couplet program have been:

  • Attachment Theory
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Biography Work
  • Developmental Life Phases
  • Core Conflict Relationship Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Anthroposophy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Self Psychology
  • Conversational Model
  • Buddhism

Cheryl and David would like to acknowledge the works of: Bernard J Lievergeod; Dan P Brown; Daniel Siegel; Jon Kabat-Zinn; John Gottman; Steven Covey; David Jansen and Margaret Newman; Russell Meares; Robert Hobson; Karl G Jung; Rudolf Steiner. These writers and practitioners have all helped influence their professional work and Couplet. They also acknowledge the support, advice and encouragement of their many colleagues over the years in the Institute of Social Development and at Lifeconnect Australia.