Health & Wellness
Employee Assistance Program: Life Matters (CSUN Employees)
- As a Cal State University Northridge employee, when you or your family members (your dependents and permanent household members) need helpful guidance, problem assessment, short-term counseling, and/or referral to local resources, your LifeMatters@CSUN program (administered by Empathia Pacific, Inc.) is just a phone call away, and it is available on a live basis, 24 hours a day/7 day a week.
Klotz Student Health Center (SHC)
The Klotz Student Health Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality healthcare in an inclusive, comfortable, and compassionate environment. Services are designed to help students stay healthy and provide support for achieving academic goals. Klotz offers a wide variety of free and low-cost services including primary care for illness and injury, laboratory services, pharmacy, x-ray, optometry and more. Sexual health services include gender-affirming care.
Transgender Health Services for CSUN Students
The Klotz Student Health Center provides gender affirming medical services. Below is a list of gender affirming care services currently available. For more information, please visit the gender-affirming care clinic webpage.
- Initiation and maintenance of gender affirming hormone therapy, laboratory testing, and mental health services referrals.
- Refills for non-controlled substance hormone prescriptions
- Administering hormone injections.
Need a referral? Amy Reichbach the Clinical Patient Health Educator can assist with finding available clinics and other resources. Amy Reichbach can be reached at (818) 677-3683.
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Information Session
To learn about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), testing, and prevention, please schedule an appointment with our Clinical Patient Health Educator by calling Klotz at (818) 677-3666, option 1. Please note this appointment is not for STI testing/treatment.
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing and Treatment
STI testing and treatment are available by appointment with a Klotz clinician. Please call (818) 677-3666, option 1.
Confidential HIV testing is available at the Klotz Student Health Center. HIV blood tests are available on a daily basis by appointment with a Klotz clinician. Please call the Klotz Student Health Center at (818) 677-3666, Option 1.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
The SHC provides services that include a clinician visit and the prescription of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) or pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), if medically appropriate. Students should call Klotz at (818) 677-3666, Option 1.
To learn more about PEP or PrEP, please visit the CDC websites below.
CDC PrEP Website: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html
CDC PEP Website: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/pep.html
Strength United (Pride United)
Pride United is for LGBTQIA+ community members of all ages, abilities, cultures, races, faiths and backgrounds who have experienced sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and trauma. Non-offending loved ones, family members, and friends of LGBTQIA+ survivors can also receive services to better understand what the survivor is going through and how to be an effective support person and aspiring ally.
LGBTQIA+ community members experience sexual violence at rates far higher than other groups, yet there is a lack of sensitive and affirming LGBTQIA+ survivor support services in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Pride United bridges this gap through comprehensive LGBTQIA+ affirming survivor support services including peer support, advocacy, and counseling provided by expert staff.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual abuse, domestic violence, and/or child maltreatment contact Strength United immediately for support. Our Services include:
- Crisis intervention and case management
- Individual, group, and family counseling
- Prevention and education workshops and events
- 24-hour support and accompaniments to forensic exams, court, and police stations
- 24-hour hotline:
- San Fernando Valley (SFV): (818) 886-0453
- Santa Clarita Valley (SCV): (661) 253-0258
For more information about Strength United (Pride United), please visit: https://www.csun.edu/eisner-education/strength-united
University Counseling Services (UCS)
University Counseling Services (UCS) offers many types of short-term mental health services at no charge to all currently enrolled students.
- Individual counseling
- Counseling groups
- Coping skills workshops
- Crisis Counseling
- Psychiatric services
For more detailed information regarding University Counseling Services, please visit: https://www.csun.edu/counseling
LGBTQIA+ Support Group
The LGBTQIA+ Support Group is among the many groups and workshops are offered every Fall and Spring semester; this is a safe, confidential and supportive space in which students can connect, relate and be supported regarding issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, intersectionality, navigating relationships of many types and finding community.
Trans, Nonbinary, and Gender Expansive Support Group
A safe and confidential space for CSUN students who identify as transgender, nonbinary, gender
expansive. Within this group, students talk about interpersonal and familial issues, work or
school difficulties, coming out, being misunderstood and mistreated, and any other questions
and concerns. This is a place where group members may talk about and find support for their
fears, sadness, joys, and the multitude of emotions they have related to their gender and gender
For more information visit: https://www.csun.edu/counseling/therapy-groups-and-workshops.
Gender Affirming Care
Our diverse team of mental health professionals at UCS are committed to providing a welcoming and safe environment that is respectful and supportive. We are committed to ensuring that transgender and non-binary students at CSUN receive gender-affirming care and resources that support their mental health, well-being, and academic success.
Services Provided by the Gender Affirming Care Team
If you are seeking a gender affirming medical procedure, such as surgery, and require a letter of support, our team at University Counseling Services (UCS) is happy to help. The first step is to call UCS at 818.677.2366 , Option #1 to schedule an initial evaluation. When you schedule the appointment, please inform the person who answered the call that you are seeking an assessment for a letter of support and would like to meet with a member of the Gender Affirming Care Team. You will not need to give details about the procedure you are seeking when calling to schedule the appointment.
Perhaps you may be seeking a brief and informal yet confidential conversation with a counselor that is different from and shorter than an individual counseling session? Maybe you're not sure if you're ready to schedule a counseling session at UCS? You can check out 'Let's Talk', where a UCS counselor who is LGBTQIA+ identified is able to meet with you one-on-one at the Pride Center! No appointment needed. The counselor can assist with initial problem solving, mental health and related resources, or just providing brief support if you may need to vent.
- When: Tuesdays 3-4pm
- Where: The Pride Center (2nd Floor of the Sol Center, University Student Union)
It is not always possible to anticipate when we may be in-need of urgent mental health support due to experiencing a crisis or other significant mental health concern. For this reason, UCS offers crisis walk-in sessions Monday through Friday 8am-5pm. These brief sessions do not require a pre-scheduled appointment. In addition to UCS’ 24/7 24/7 crisis line (listed below), there are multiple crisis lines available 24/7 that specifically provide support sensitive to the Queer and Trans communities:
- University Counseling Services: (818)677-2366, Option #3
- The Trevor Lifeline: (866)488-7386
- Trans Lifeline: (877)565-8860
The Gender Affirming Care Team counselors have experience supporting Trans, Gender Nonbinary and Gender Expansive individuals. To schedule an appointment with one of our counselors, contact University Counseling Services (UCS) at (818)677-2366, Option #1 and request an initial evaluation.
UCS offers a wide variety of therapy and support groups as well as coping skills workshops. All of our groups and workshops are welcoming to Queer, Trans, and Gender Nonbinary students! Two of the groups we offer provide spaces specifically to support the mental health needs of the LGBTQIA+ communities. Our LGBTQIA+ Support Group is inclusive of any students who wish to provide and receive support as well as to explore and discuss sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Our Transgender, Gender Nonbinary and Gender Expansive Support Group is a safe and supportive space designed to connect and affirm students navigating gender identity.
Sometimes students are in-need of getting connected with one or more services, including those that are off-campus. Whether this means assistance with navigating insurance or identifying and scheduling with mental health and/or medical providers, we can help! For support with case management, call (818)677-2366, Option #1 and ask to schedule an appointment with a member of our Gender Affirming Care Team. Based on your needs, we will determine the best way to link you with next steps, resources and referrals.
Gender Affirming Care Team
Pat Alford-Keating (she/her/hers)
Greetings Everyone, I am Pat Alford-Keating, a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ Communities. I value our wonderful trans, non-binary, gender expansive (TNBGE) students. I am privileged to facilitate UCS’s TNBGE Support Group, as well as Let’s Talk in the Pride Center. As an out, bi psychologist and ally to TNBGE communities, I have served the LGBTQIA+ communities in a variety of ways (letter-writer for trans-identified students, advisor to LGBT student groups, co-chair of vice president’s advisory group on LGBT, and creator of LGBT mentoring programs). When teaching graduate students, I routinely enlisted brave panels of non-binary presenters to help educate future mental health professionals. I abhor the targeted oppression of the TNBGE community. Though a different verse of the same song, I too know the pain of discrimination, hate, and rejection. Nonetheless, I have built a full, happy, productive life, and I believe you can too. If we meet in the future, I hope you will find me to be warm, understanding, and genuinely caring about you.
Hello, CSUN! My name is Dan Alonzo, and I am a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Certified Sex Therapist who has worked with the Queer and Trans Communities for more than 30 years. Having grown up in a traditional Mexican household in Texas, I experienced first-hand the stress of growing up different than others in my family, school, and neighborhood. I struggled throughout my youth to come to a place where I felt comfortable within my own skin as a cisgender gay man. Professionally, I have worked at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where I worked with Trans youth who were homeless or dealing with HIV. I have also worked with the Trans community as a clinician, supervisor, and trainer at various counseling centers, including a center run by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Currently, in my private practice, I continue to work with Trans individuals and couples who are seeking a safe environment to explore their identities and relationships. I am proud to be a part of the Gender Affirming Care Team!
Amy Rosenblatt (she/her/hers)
Hi Matadors! My name is Amy, and I am a Licensed Psychologist and LGBTQIA+ Liaison within University Counseling Services (UCS) at CSUN. As an out gay, cisgender female, I am passionate about providing LGBTQIA+ support and advocacy, including centering inclusion and equity efforts for those with multiple intersecting identities. CSUN has become a sort of home for me where I have the privilege of being my authentic self while addressing the mental health of our students, and I care deeply about uplifting the needs of our Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender Expansive students so that they too can be their authentic selves. For the past 10 years, I have served on the LGBTQIA+ Advisory Committee (that includes professionals from many different departments at CSUN) and more recently, I began serving on another committee dedicated to advancing Trans student support. In previous years, I co-facilitated ‘T-Time’, a discussion group for Transgender and Gender Diverse CSUN students. If you’re interested in gaining a sense of community and supporting/being supported by your LGBTQIA+ peers, you might consider joining the LGBTQIA+ Support Group that I offer at UCS. This group has always included and will always include Trans and Gender Diverse students. Whether at UCS or within the larger CSUN campus community, I hope to have an opportunity to connect with you!
While the entire team of professionals are LGBTQIA+ affirming, the UCS has multiple counselors who identify within the LGBTQIA+ community.
This list contains current LGBTQIA+ identifying UCS staff, bios, photos, and pronouns.