Joy Eidse, MSW, RSW

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  • Registered Social Worker
  • 1062 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3G 0S3
  • Phone: 204-797-5864
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  • Session Fees: $90 per session (1hour)
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Phone, Webcam

   ...Hi, I’m Joy. I’ve been talking to people about their hopes and dreams, and what gets in the way of achieving these, for as long as I can remember. I've had a rather unorthodox journey into counselling and mental health. Here's a bit of my history.
Travelling & Early Counselling Training 
   In my early 20’s, I did a lot of travelling and spent several months in Amsterdam taking counselling courses through a private university. I then traveled to New Orleans and volunteered at a crisis counselling centre for several months. Shortly after this, I spent three years as a pastoral intern at a local church and was involved in developing a counselling program there.
Living & Working in a First Nations Community
    My partner and I moved to Kinosao Sipi First Nation (also known as Norway House, Manitoba) shortly after we married. While there, I volunteered with the heath authority on the suicide hotline, helping with addictions awareness week activities, developing curriculum for culturally appropriate kids clubs. We moved back to Winnipeg after two years, when we lost our first child in a still birth.
Bachelor of Social Work & Homelessness Initiative 
   In 2003, my partner and I moved into a house which was purchased with a grant through the Housing and Homelessness initiative and began to support people at risk of homelessness. We lived with and supported people in this home for seven years. Individuals who stayed with us were often struggling with mental health issues, including addictions.  During this time, we had two children and I started the Inner City Social Work Program through the University of Manitoba.Within this program, I spent time at a policy development organization and started a residence association in my  neighbourhood. 
Community Development & Mental Health 
   After graduation, in 2011, I worked in community development in the North End or Winnipeg, where I have lived for most of the past 20 years, and got a clear sense of the links between individuals, communities and broader social and political issues. Soon afterwards, I started working in crisis services and community mental health in the Interlake and North Eastman region. Later, I took a casual position as a mental health clinician at the Crisis Response Centre in the Health Sciences Centre complex, where I continue to work.
 Master of Social Work
      I started the Masters of Social Work Program at the University of Manitoba in 2014 and completed my coursework in 2015. I graduated from this program in 2018.
Private Practice
     I started private practice four years ago and have loved working with individuals and couples from all walks of life. I feel incredibility privileged to have been invited into the lives of the people who come to talk to me about their relationship issues, their struggles with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, parenting issues and sexuality. I have been honoured to have the opportunity to witness their strength and courage as they practice new ways of thinking and living that can make all the difference in their relationships and their own well being. 
   People often ask me about burnout. In my work, I don’t feel that I am listening to problems, but that I am listening for strengths. I am not a naturally optimistic person, but as I've listened to countless stories of courage and strength I have been amazed by the beauty of those who share their lives with me and my optimism has grown and continues to grow. I love continually learning from clients and sharing in their lives and plan to do so for as long as I am needed.
How I Work
  In the first session I like to get to know you, and get a sense of the situation that you are wanting help with along with the context in which that situation occurred. I ask a lot of questions to be sure that I'm not missing anything. At the end of the first session we will talk about a therapeutic approach and plan to address your needs and goals, and the next steps.
  I create therapeutic plans by drawing from a variety of approaches according to what best fits you, based on your own history with that issue or situation, what has worked for you in the past, and according to best practice based on current research. I provide additional resources, when needed, for you to use at home, exercises and information about other supports and experts available, in the city or online. I will consult with other experts as needed and am happy to advocate for you by providing collateral to other health professionals at your request.
   I am flexible and work with you to provide the best care that works for you. In the past this has included providing session notes, upon request, and having individuals invite partners or other important people into sessions when this is helpful.

Joy Eidse Reaches

Winnipeg MB