What is Comet Chat?
Comet Chat is a program designed to be a virtual, confidential and informal drop-in mental health consultation. It is for all UTD students who may want to talk to a mental health professional from the Student Counseling Center (SCC) to get their perspective about current concerns, advice, support and resources/information about mental health. Students can speak with a mental health professional who holds and/or identifies with a particular identity. This program is not designed to replace counseling or other mental health treatments.
Comet Chat Consultations
- One-on-one, 20-minute informal consultation with a mental health professional from the SCC.
- Sign up for a slot online
Benefits of Comet Chat With a Counselor
- Not sure what counseling is and want to get more information on the counseling process.
- Not interested in ongoing counseling but would like a brief consultation from a professional.
- Concerned about a friend and would like support and guidance.
- Interested in resources in the community or on campus.
Comet Chat With a Counselor is Not For:
- Students having a mental health or medical emergency/crisis
- Students wanting psychiatric services.
- Students interested in ongoing counseling, group counseling or couple counseling
Students interested in ongoing services should contact the SCC by email. We will respond to your message within 1-2 business days. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. If you are in crisis and need to speak to a mental health professional, call UTD TALK 972-883-8255 (24 hours a day/7 days a week).
Signing Up for Virtual Comet Chat: Fall 2022 Hours
Please refer to the fall 2022 schedule below, identify a counselor and a day/time (CST) based on the available options. When signing up, make sure to pick a time within the timeframe of your desired counselor.
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Fall 2022 Schedule
Comet Chat for Black Students
Dr. Destiny Randall (she/her/hers), Mondays, 3-4 p.m.
Comet Chat for International Students
Dr. Samreen Khondker (she/her/hers), Mondays, 2-3 p.m.
Comet Chat for Latinx Students
Dr. Alanna Carrasco (she/her/hers), Thursdays, 3-4 p.m.
Comet Chat for LGBTQ+ Students
Rachel Enloe (she/they), Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m.
Comet Chat for Asian Students
Dr. Huy Le (he/him/his), Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. Fatima Shaik (she/her/hers), Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.
Comet Chat for Graduate Students
Dr. Huy Le (he/him/his), Fridays, 1-2 p.m.
Colton Groh (he/him/his), Wednesdays, 10-11 a.m.
Comet Chat for Student-Athletes
Dr. Beverly Williams (she/her/hers), Thursdays, 5-6 or 7 p.m. (depending on week)
Comet Chat for All Students
Dr. Bilha Mureithi (she/her/hers), Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m.
Comet Chat related to Disability Identity/Accessibility
Dr. Erin Schrader (she/her/hers), Fridays, 11 a.m.-Noon
How to Prepare for a Virtual Appointment
- Create a Microsoft Teams account utilizing your UTD NetID and password (if applicable).
- Ensure you have a working computer/phone and Wi-Fi (if needed).
- Find a private and quiet space where you feel comfortable talking.
- Be available and ready to engage in the appointment at your scheduled day/time.
- Please be prepared and available for your appointment at your chosen time. If you have signed up for a phone appointment, you will receive a call from a number starting with 972-883-XXXX.
- Comet Chat is an informal consultation only. It is not counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment.
- There are limitations to confidentiality. Comet Chat consultants are required by law to report when there is an imminent threat of harm to you or others. Comet Chat consultants are required to report when a minor, elderly person or someone otherwise incapacitated is being abused or neglected. Comet Chat conversations are not part of students’ releasable records.
- If your Comet Chat consultant assesses that you could benefit from a higher level of care, every effort will be made to refer you to the appropriate resource(s) at the university or within the surrounding community.
Comet Chat is modeled in part with the help of “Let’s Talk” program at OSU.
The following services are available at the Student Counseling Center: