Welcome and thanks for visiting my website! I've relocated to Sacramento, and am now offering services to the greater SAC region. I also welcome folks from areas such as Stockton and Modesto.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I did clinical training through the AIDS Health Project and Dimensions Clinic as an intern and have worked at several agencies since then. I have extensive experience working with folks with depression, anxiety, communication, and relationship issues. I have lots of experience and knowledge working with he LGBT community, as well, including around issues of gender identity. I work with all ages, and especially welcome teens and young adults.
As an author, I have more than 30 years experience writing for the alternative press. My articles and essays have appeared in publications ranging from the Bay Guardian to the Advocate and Art Forum. I was a founding editor at Curve magazine, where I regularly wrote music and book reviews. Watch for me in the new documentary "Ahead of the Curve," being released soon!
Over the years, I have been profiled in many newspapers and magazines including the NY Times. I have written, edited, or co-written several books, the best known of which is The Transgender Child, which I cowrote with Stephanie Brill, and which has been read by many thousands of people all over the world. It has even been translated into German! My writing has won several awards including the 2013 IPPY award for Transitions of the Heart: Stories of Love, Struggle and Acceptance by Mothers of Transgender and Gender Variant Children.
Fun links to learn more:
Here are links to my books, including the 2013 IPPY Award winner Transitions of the Heart.
Me, on TV
A while back, I had the honor of appearing on Bay Sunday to speak about my work and promote Transitions of the Heart, an award winning book I edited. Here is a link if you are interested in watching it on YouTube: Watch Rachel on Bay Sunday!
And a timely interview in the NY Times, too
Check out this New York Times feature, a Women in the World column about new options for transgender children.
Click here to read the New York Times interview
If you wish to e-mail me, you can do so at RLPepper@Hotmail.com. Please put "contacting Rachel Pepper" in the subject line. You can also reach me via phone at my confidential private practice number, 510-359-8756. If I don't answer, please do leave a message.
For more details see the Contact page on this website.
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