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The Short Version: Glynis Sherwood is a counselor and author who specializes in dealing with family scapegoating, narcissistic abuse, and childhood trauma recovery. Her compassionate one-on-one and couples sessions can help singles and partners overcome pain and reclaim their self-worth. Glynis offers private video counseling, advice articles, and podcasts, so clients around the world can benefit from her insights on love, family, and relationships.
Some people think of a new relationship as an emotional baptism — you may go in broken, but you’ll come out the other side healed. It’s a fresh start and a new beginning. Some singles dive into a relationship hoping it’ll wash away their own pain and fears, but, sadly, that’s not always the case.
Marriage isn’t a reset button or an automatic problem solver. Another person’s love often won’t undo trauma from childhood. Those issues can continue to be there once the honeymoon period is over.
Counselor Glynis Sherwood, MEd, helps singles and couples overcome their painful pasts and create healthy futures with the right partner. Glynis is a professional individual and couples counselor, author, and educator known for her pioneering work in family scapegoating.
Glynis has been counseling people for over 20 years, and, in that time, she has developed techniques that build self-confidence and challenge subconscious roadblocks.
In private sessions, Glynis encourages clients to break free of abusive family dynamics and take constructive steps forward. She specializes in dealing with family scapegoating, narcissistic abuse, chronic grief, and relationship issues. Her practical and down-to-earth approach resonates with people who have experienced trauma in the past or are enduring ongoing abusive situations.
“I understand exactly what clients are going through and how they can heal and recover,” she said. “I help people work through abusive family experiences so such trauma no longer negatively impacts their relationships and self-worth.”
In her private practice, Glynis sees people facing a variety of issues — from singles experiencing heartbreak to couples considering divorce — and she uses different counseling methods to treat these different issues. Hers isn’t a one-size-fits-all mentality. She adapts her approach based on her assessment of the client’s emotional needs and strengths.
Sometimes she explores childhood trauma to address current attachment issues, while other times she focuses on setting goals and creating a framework for a healthy lifestyle. Whether she’s working with individuals or couples, Glynis inspires her clients to become more compassionate and understanding towards themselves as they build close personal relationships.
Glynis works with clients by online video around the world. Therapy sessions range from an hour to an hour and a half. You can request an online video counseling session here.
Clients appreciate Glynis’ direct and friendly guidance. She asks thoughtful questions to prompt her clients to see their problems from a different perspective. She doesn’t tell her clients what to think — she lets them discover their own way forward. Glynis described her counseling sessions as interactive because she wants her clients to take an active role in the healing process.
“I don’t just sit there and listen and nod. It’s more of a conversation,” she explained. “I’m having a dialogue with people and helping my clients build self-awareness and strength from the inside out.”
Glynis received her master’s degree in individual and group counseling at the University of Toronto, and she got her post-grad certification at the Couples Institute through California. She is also a certified hypnotherapist and addictions counselor. She has always had a thirst for knowledge and has spent her career learning all she could about the root cause of emotional dysfunction.
She’s passionate about this particular subject because she has seen firsthand how family scapegoating can harm an individual’s sense of self, and she wants to forge a path to recovery for anyone dealing with these issues.
A nonprofit organization called Give Her Wings Academy recently offered Glynis a position as a faculty member. She is participating in a nine-month certification program that will teach lay-people and ministers how to help abuse survivors so they don’t return to their abusers.
All proceeds from the certification classes will go to women who are rebuilding their lives after leaving abusive relationships.
Give Her Wings runs an abuse recovery program that has an incredibly high success rate (nearly 100% of women in the program don’t return to abusive situations), and Glynis said she’s proud to support the efforts to help single women take care of themselves and their families.
“Give Her Wings has a wonderful approach, and I’m happy to give my support,” she told us. “I’d love to make mentorship and teaching a bigger part of my career.”
Glynis has written over 100 advice articles on the subject of abuse recovery and relationship building, and she also has produced several podcast about family dysfunction. She teaches people how to set proper boundaries and maintain healthy communication in relationships. Her insights resonate with folks seeking a greater understanding about what’s going on beneath the surface.
“Your articles on family scapegoating really helped me realize that I wasn’t at fault after being scapegoated continuously by my entire family,” one reader said. The role of the family scapegoat nearly ruined my life. Your articles are the best I have read yet on the subject.”
Glynis has seen many clients get closure, build confidence, and become more loving partners after engaging in psychotherapy or couples counseling. By working through their emotional baggage, these individuals became better equipped to maintain healthy relationships.
“Thank you so much for validating my situation, thoughts, and feelings. You are the only therapist I have been able to confide in.” — One of Glynis Sherwood’s former clients
Throughout her career, Glynis has motivated people to reclaim their self-worth and reach their potential. Some couples start out ready to divorce and end up overcoming relationship difficulties and discovering common ground within a few sessions with Glynis. Such success stories highlight the ripple effect she can have on people’s lives.
“I sought counseling for complicated grief because I felt like I was drowning in anxiety and depression for two years after my spouse died,” said one client in a testimonial. “Now, after six months of therapy, I no longer feel incapacitated by grief.”
Sometimes traumatic experiences can take years to heal. A new relationship may act as a temporary band-aid for emotional pain, but eventually insecurities, anxieties, and fears can bleed through and cause conflict. That’s when it’s usually time to seek out a specialist in order to deal with the root of the issue.
Glynis Sherwood addresses the underlying causes behind relationship problems, and her counseling sessions help individuals and couples work through lingering emotional challenges, make good decisions, and work toward a happier future.
She acts as a guide for people suffering from chronic anxiety, estrangement grief, relationship trauma, narcissistic abuse, and family scapegoating. Glynis’ compassionate, depth-oriented, and practical counseling can lead her clients out of dysfunctional and damaging situations and into a healthier state of being.
“It means everything to be able to help people who are on the brink of giving up, and to truly help people who haven’t been helped by other mental health professionals due to a lack of understanding and training in narcissistic family abuse,” she said.