What People Say about Working with Pepper
“We have enjoyed having you as a USF guest lecturer, and since you are now officially a part of our USF Crisis Response Triage Team, after co-leading us in Texas following Houston Harvey hurricane recovery (2017), and in McAllen, Texas on our repeating trips (2018) there to assist at the Humanitarian Respite Center, working with over 400 migrants daily, and doing such an amazing job, I want to keep you involved in our program and community. You bring out the best in all of us.”
Professor Belinda Hernandez Arriaga, EdD, LCSW
Marriage and Family Program Coordinator, University of San Francisco
At the Chancellor’s 2011 Excellence in Management Awards at UC Berkeley, where Pepper worked before going into private practice in 2012, she was described: “Pepper’s enthusiasm for her work in a culturally-diverse community carries over into the workplace, and she is able to model inter-cultural competence by communicating with respect and compassion….” And “Her extensive training in Nonviolent Communication mediation has become a part of the everyday work culture in our department and transformed the way her staff interacts and communicates both in the workplace and in their private lives.”
"Pepper is a wonderful communicator and a natural healer. In my work with her, I feel that she really listens to what the problem or situation is, and then gently and with good humor finds a way to mutually discover what is going on physically and mentally and finds ways to bring it to expression, come to terms with it, and provide practical tools for acceptance and healing.
Her EFT work is remarkable, in combination with mediative and restorative practices. I feel that every session is of value. I had an intractable eye twitch for many months that I knew was caused by work, and it basically disappeared with a couple of sessions.
I also have had an arrhythmia for over 20 years that similarly she found the right approach for, and now find that I can resolve or calm the arrhythmia when it happens rather than having to seek medical help as before. I can't recommend Pepper highly enough! " Meg S.
“I very much benefitted from my series of EFT sessions for personal growth with Pepper and highly recommend her work.” Richard Abbot
“As a kid I saw a horror movie with my older cousins and couldn’t fall asleep because I was haunted by the images in my head from the movie. I’m an artist and very visual and the only thing that worked to finally resolve this so I could get a good night’s sleep was doing EFT with Pepper Black.”
“Thank you very much for sharing your soul with all of us, because we can notice that all your work is made with love. You are an inspiration!
Con Mucho Carijo! “ Mila K., Nature Village Manager of University Village,
International Institute of Restorative Practices (IIRP) interviewed Pepper after her presentation at the 2016 Restaurando Conexiones international conference on restorative justice practices in Costa Rica about her work with trauma for the IIRP Graduate School in Restorative Practices:
More About Pepper
Pepper starts her day playing flute and hiking to recharge in nature. Her love of mountains has given her many fond memories and deep friendships shared in mountain sports including climbing with and teaching rock climbing and mountaineering with her son Alexander, and teaching high angle cliff rescue at Cal Adventures, UC Berkeley; she enjoyed putting her paramedic-level training to use as a medic for Backcountry Ski Patrol in the Lake Tahoe area of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, (and at Standing Rock), and has enjoyed exploring the Himalaya and the Patagonias in Chile.
While working in violence prevention and response in Nepal and Bhutan, Pepper co-led adult backpacking into the Bhutanese Himalaya, and youth backpacking in Nepal into the Himalayan foothills above Kathmandu, co-led with fellow mountaineers from Khumbu Climbing Center in Phortshe, Nepal.