Just One Q with Dr. Melissa Horne Educational Podcast with Guest Raechel Pefanis

Winter and Wellness | Raechel Pefanis (Part One)

Given that mental health and wellbeing is a concern for most employees, what should employers be looking to do in order to prepare for winter?

In this special, two-part series of Just One Q, Raechel Pefanis gives us a glimpse into her coaching and counselling expertise by sharing insight about the impacts of the ongoing pandemic and working remotely on employee mental health and wellbeing. After listening to part one of Winter and Wellness, you’ll be well-prepared to support your employees by addressing big questions about humanity and the experience we’re all living through.

Employers and workplaces can no longer consider themselves uninvolved in the topic of mental health and wellbeing. As social bubbles continue to remain small, most of us achieve most of our human contact through day-to-day remote work interactions.

The pandemic continues to disrupt many industries and this is especially true in the space of coaching and counselling. It’s important for employers to recognize human connection, support and empathy directed toward their employees are more important this year than ever before.

Raechel Pefanis is a certified professional coach, certified CBT EMDR therapist, instructor, and supervisor. She runs Red Maple Coaching and Counseling and will be joining Dr. Melissa Horne for a second feature in our next episode of Just One Q.

Raechel states it is imperative workplaces address questions of mental health, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, because:

  • With winter quickly approaching, pandemic fatigue creeping in and the prolonged effects of remote work taking their toll, it’s time to proactively build better support systems for your employees.
  • Collective action on all levels of management is essential to helping everyone move upward on the wellness continuum.
  • Breaking the stigma surrounding mental health in general can help boost your workplace culture and your employees’ quality-of-life while at work.

More so now than ever, employees are thinking about how to protect and preserve their mental health. Many organizations have successfully pivoted toward remote workspaces and environments. The next step is to improve the warmness of our teams as we head into colder months.


Try Learning Snippets FREE

See how easy it is to activate DEI, Leadership, and Collaboration soft skills in your organization.


Raechel Pefanis

Registered Social Worker and Professional Coach at Red Maple Coaching & Counselling Services

Raechel Pefanis’ super power is building great teams. She knows what it takes to turn a group of professionals into a high-performing, results-achieving team. And that’s fortunate for her, because as a serial entrepreneur she relies on good people to help her chase her next big idea. Originally trained as a registered social worker, Raechel opened (and then sold) a mental health clinic that specializes in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. With a caseload focused on working with leaders, managers and team builders, she was inspired to move into the world of professional coaching, and founded Red Maple Coaching & Counselling Services.

Raechel likes to think that Red Maple is her most exciting act yet, where she’s guiding her team to apply the best practices she’s learned about client work, leadership, simplicity and health, to all of their work. She has built Red Maple to be deliberately small, and it always will be. It is built on a bottom up management style where the person you see is highly empowered to meet your needs.


ONE Thing You Should Do to Improve Your Mental Health

Learning Snippets

Try Learning Snippets FREE

See how easy it is to activate soft skills in your organization. Soft skills training on 3 key topics: DEI, Leadership, and Collaboration.