Online Mental Health Appointments

Welcome to College of the Desert's Online Appointment services using Cranium Café. Online Appointments are 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 therapy sessio​n.


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

Please identify your need for assistive technology when you call to schedule an appointment.

To Schedule an Online Appointment

To make an appointment please reach out to the therapist via email and then the therapist will respond with some options. If the therapist is available you can also ‘knock on the door’.

Online Session Instructions

  1. Make sure your device has a webcam and microphone to communicate with the therapist.

  2. To arrive at your appointment:

  3. Below, find the Therapist with whom you have an appointment.

  4. "Knock on the Door" of the Therapist 5 minutes before your appointment.

  5. Agree to the Informed Consent Statement.

  6. Click on the Canvas icon and use your COD username and password to log in.

  7. Once logged in, wait for the therapist to allow you to "Enter Meeting" to start your session.

  8. To end the session, click on "Exit Meeting" to take the survey and log out.


Video chat with Mental Health Services Student Health and Wellness on Cranium Cafe