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Rachel Pepper is the author of four books, including the award-winning collection of essays by mothers of transgender children, Transitions of the Heart, and the best-selling The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals, now in its second, revised edition. Her books have been translated into German, Icelandic, and soon, Spanish. She has more than 40 years of experience writing for the alternative press and was a founding editor at Curve magazine. She is currently featured in the documentary Ahead of the Curve, available on most streaming services, about the history of that groundbreaking magazine in San Francisco in the 1990’s.
Rachel is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist currently practicing in the Sacramento area. She has worked for major agencies and HMOs including Kaiser Permanente. Her clinical specialties include working with the LGBT community, teens and adults with depression and anxiety, and helping clients with more serious mental health concerns, such as bipolar disorder, lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.
Rachel is a nationally recognized expert on gender identity development in children and teens, and a sought-after public speaker and educator. She is currently also an adjunct professor at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto with a B.A. in Political Science and English, she obtained a Master of Journalism from Chicago’s Columbia College, with a specialty in Public Affairs Reporting. Since that time, she has returned to school and received an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in Community Mental Health. Ten years ago, she became licensed as a therapist, and upon moving to Sacramento four years ago, has been in private practice full time.
Rachel lives with her family and a flock of chickens on an urban farm in the Sacramento region, where she specializes in growing organic heirloom tomatoes in the summer and reading a stockpile of good books in the winter months.