Online Counseling

Welcome to College of the ​Desert's Online Counseling services using Cranium Café. Online Counseling is a web-based service, utilizing webcam and audio.

Cranium Café is compatible with Chrome and Firefox browsers only. Students using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge may experience technical problems when trying to connect to an online counseling session.


If you are a student who uses assistive technology you may not be able to log in or meet with a counselor using Cranium Cafe.​

If you use assistive technology, please email the Director of DSPS at to schedule a counseling appointment. 

Scheduling an Online Counseling Session

Follow the link at the bottom of this page to open the scheduling form.

  1. Select the week you would like to schedule your appointment.

  2. Select the reasons you which to have a session.

  3. Select whether you would like a phone or video meeting.

  4. Select the available day you would like to have the meeting.

  5. Select the time slot with the counselor you wish to meet with.

    • If you do not see your preferred counselor at the time you want, click the Show More button to see if that time is available for that counselor.

  6. Fill out the intake form with your phone number and any details you would like to share for this meeting.

  7. Click on the Schedule Appointment link to finalize your request.

  8. You will receive an email with the session information and if you chose the video meeting, a link for your meeting.

Drop-Ins Available

Counselors are available for students to speak with on a drop-in basis.

In drop-in counseling we can answer quick questions or help with problems that require immediate attention. If your question requires more than 15 minutes to address, the counselor may schedule you for a follow-up appointment.

To access drop-in counseling, you may email Kathy Dugger at or call 760-773-2521 and leave a message with:

  1. Name
  2. Phone Number
  3. Student ID Number
  4. And the Reason for the Call

You will be added to our daily list and a counselor will call you back.

You may also go to Cranium Café​ via Canvas, scroll down to the General Counseling section, look for an available counselor and click on the “Knock on Door” button.

If you prefer to schedule an appointment for a different day, please follow the steps outlined above for an online appointment.

If you need a Comprehensive Student Education Plan, you will need to schedule an appointment. You can follow the steps above to contact the Counseling Center and someone will call you to set up an appointment.