About us

Our Clinic

In its name Clinic for Health and Medical Care contains the two aspects of health preservation, which will be achieved by curative methods as well as prevention of illnesses.We offer nearby ambulatory psychiatric, psychotherapeutic and family medicine care for Dubai and the neighboring emirates and countries. Care in the clinic is based on a modern integral therapeutic concept and state of the art diagnostics and therapy of psychiatric and somatic disorders. Our location in the heart of Dubai Health Care City ensures shortest possible implementation of accessory investigations due to co-operation partners.

Dr. Gregor Kowal


Dr. Kowal studied human medicine at the medical school of the Ruprechts – Karl – University in Heidelberg (Germany), which is the oldest, and currently the best ranked, university in Germany (QS World University Ranking). During his studies, he participated in internships at the University of Perugia (Italy), University of Bologna (Italy), University of Warwick (England) and Cambridge (England).  After his graduation from the University of Heidelberg, he completed his dissertation at the same university acquiring his doctoral degree.  In 2004 Dr. Kowal took up a post as Senior Consultant and Head of Department at the Hochtaunus Hospital for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy near Frankfurt (Germany), followed by a position as Medical Director of Ederbergland Hospital for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy near Marburg (Germany). In the above named functions, he was not only responsible for the treatment of his patients, but also for the education of the assistant doctors and psychologists entrusted to his care. His specialist education includes knowledge in biological psychiatry, family medicine as well as psychotherapy, including a dept psychology based psychotherapy. Dr. Kowal has profound experience in all fields of adult psychiatry including acute and outpatient areas. Concerning his psychotherapuetic approach he feels strongly related to the pioneers of depth-psychology such as Sigmund Freud, Cart Gustav Jung, Melanie Klein and their successors. His psychotherapeutic training is also septh psychology oriented.

Areas of expertise:

Treatment of the entire spectrum of psychiatric disorders, such as mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorders, phobias), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), psychosis (schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders), personality disorders, dementias and family medicine disorders.

Dr. Annette Schonder      

Annette ShonderDr. Annette Schonder was born and grew up in Augsburg, Germany. Upon completion of her high school education, she moved to the USA where she studied Psychology and Sociology at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA, finishing her studies with High Distinction. She continued her scientific studies at Breining Institute, Orangevale, California, (USA), earning a Doctorate in Psychology. She partook in the rigors of additional education and over 2000 hours of supervised clinical work which preceded her independent work as a Certified Clinical Counselor. Later she was theoretically educated and practically trained in hypnotherapy and became a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), USA.
Dr. Schonder has 15 years of experience working in mental and behavioral health in public institutions, private clinics, and private practice.
Parallel to her psychotherapeutic work Dr. Schonder lectured for a total of 15 years at Frederick Community College, Chapman University, Mission College and Orange Coast College, USA.
Dr. Schonder is trained in evidence based treatment methods, such as Person Centered Therapy (PCT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP), Transactional Analysis (TA), The Gottman Method, Family of Origin Dysfunction, Trauma, Grief Work, and Ericksonian Hypnotherapy.
Dr. Schonder has over two decades of experience in counseling and educating clients. She provides client centered one on one psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, couples counseling, and hypnotherapy. She works with clients who wish to improve their quality of life by getting relief from emotional distress, and managing problems that are hindering their personal fulfillment and happiness. Through her humanistic, client centered approach underlying issues are examined to effect positive mental and behavioral changes. The overarching goal of treatment is to facilitate well-being through stability, personal growth and happiness. Clients` needs are varied and through a careful and thorough assessment process their unique and specific areas of concern are highlighted and addressed with on target treatment goals.
Dr. Schonder is a native speaker of English and German.

Areas of expertise:

Treatment of mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (panic attacks, generalized anxiety, phobias),personality disorders, psychosis, addictions, compulsions and dementias.


Dr. Kowal is accredited as Consultant Community Psychiatrist in The American Hospital.

The American Hospital Dubai: www.ahdubai.com

The American Hospital Dubai is an acute care, general medical/surgical hospital whose mission is to provide high quality American standard healthcare that meets the needs and exceed the expectations of the people of Dubai, the UAE and the surrounding Gulf States. All of the physicians who are credentialed at the hospital are North American Board Certified or of equivalent Western training programs. The hospital was the first in the Middle East to be accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) which ensures a continued commitment to the highest quality. The hospital continues to expand its services in primary and secondary care, plus selective tertiary services, to include a range of specialist centers covering Total Joint Replacement, Neuroscience Center, Cancer Care Center, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Cochlear Implant, The Heart Center, Breast Care Clinic,Kidney Dialysis, Diabetes, and Sleep Lab.

National Reference Laboratory (NRL) www.nrl.ae is operated by Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) www.labcorp.com , one of the world`s largest and most experienced clinical laboratory operators. NRL aims to increase the spectrum, coverage and overall efficiency of laboratory testing, and implement international best practice reference laboratory testing processes.  NRL has laboratories based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. NRL Dubai is located in the Nucleotide Complex of Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park (Dubiotech) www.dubiotech.ae. NRL`s Dubai is accredited by CAP (College of American Pathologists) www.cap.org and ISO 15189. www.iso.org/iso/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=56115

Rehabilitation Center  DaraKoh Chang, a state of the art center for alcohol and drug addiction


The center is located in the stunning Koh Chang National Park in Thailand. It consists of villas surrounded by beautifully landscaped tropical gardens. Ol of the facility rooms offer air-conditioning, DVD, large en-suite bathrooms, verandas and refrigerators. Resort facilities include a 25 meter pool, fully equipped gym, meditation center, massage room, dining area, lounge with a book and DVD library, and free WiFi throughout the center. DARA Koh Chang employs 50 staff including 15 full-time, internationally certified therapists and offers personalized four, eight and twelve week rehabilitation programs. DARA Koh Chang exclusively employs the CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) treatment philosophy governed by ITM (Integrated Treatment Model), a modality that combines physical, social, psychological and spiritual aspects through a variety of individual and group orientated activities. Relearning how to relax and socialize without alcohol and drugs is an integral part of recovery.

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