Experts in Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology, Counselling and Family Medicine located in Dubai Healthcare City

Dr. Gregor Kowal

Senior Consultant in Psychiatry,

Psychotherapy and Family Medicine

(German Board)

  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Profound Examination
  • Diagnostics Including:
    • Physical Investigation,
    • Laboratory, ECG, EEG,
    • Brain Neuroimaging
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Psychiatric Monitoring
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Dr. Annette Schonder

Psychologist, Counsellor

Marriage Counselor

(American Board)

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Grief Work and Trauma


Western Qualified

English & German

Client Centered

Evidence Based

Fully Equipped

Easy Parking

The Clinic for Health and Medical Care (CHMC) is a German outpatient clinic specialized in Psychiatry, Psychology and Family Medicine. The clinic is located in the center of Dubai in an area called Dubai Healthcare City (DHCC), which is a hub for medical specialists adhering to European and American healthcare standards.

Quality Services at CHMC

Our German and American qualified physician and psychologist treat the entire spectrum of psychiatric, family medicine disorders, and psychological problems offering short, middle and long-term assistance to patients from Dubai and the neighboring emirates in the UAE. Psychiatric, psychological and family medicine care require a constant presence of the specialists; therefore, unlike some other clinics in Dubai, CHMC does not employ any rotating, visiting doctors. Year around, our psychiatrist and psychologist are dedicated to continuously providing high quality therapy during the treatment process. We are an established treatment team who can assess your needs and provide the services you will benefit from the most. Our guiding principle is to always do what is in the patient’s best interest helping to restore our patient’s mental and physical health.

Therapeutic Techniques

A person who has developed a psychological/psychiatric problem most often is uncertain which specialist to consult for treatment.  Not only in Dubai, but also in in western countries, the majority of people are not aware of the differences between the disciplines of psychiatry, psychology and psychotherapy.

A distinguishing difference between a psychiatrist and psychologist is that a psychiatrist is a medical doctor specialized in the neurochemistry of the brain and provides medication to treat mental health disorders, thereby restoring the misbalance of the neurotransmitters in the central nervous system.  A psychologist utilizes evidence based “talk” therapy to promote desired healing and positive change.  This “talking cure” is called psychotherapy, or counselling. Psychotherapeutic techniques are based on two approaches towards the human mind which are represented by psychodynamic and behavioral psychotherapy.

The aim of psychodynamic psychotherapy is to make the patient aware of the processes happening underneath the threshold of consciousness. These unconscious processes called “complexes” can form a destructive autonomy leading to different symptoms. In creating an “insight” (a conscious access to such hidden parts of the psyche), the patient can integrate and/or control the previously neglected parts of the psyche.

The other branch of psychotherapy called “behavioral psychotherapy” is mostly focusing on the learned pathological (misguided) behaviors, which can be expressed in thinking and/or acting.  Such a misguided vicious circle of thinking and acting can restrain the patient’s personal development and ruin his life by leading him into irrational and self-destructive actions.

Today the past sharp division, or even hostility, between these two different approaches/schools of thought, has lost its rigidity. Now we accept that psychological disorders can be caused by the destructive effect of the unconscious complexes and be enhanced by conditioning (learned behavior). Therefore, both psychotherapeutic techniques are beneficiary and can be used effectively (separately or combined) in healing mental disorders.

It should be also mentioned that some psychological problems are strongly related to a genetically based predisposition, which means that some people are more prone to developing a certain psychiatric disorder based on the biochemistry of their brain. This shows that psychological and biological processes are interlinked.

If you suffer from severe symptoms that curtail your ability to function in daily life, it is advisable to make an appointment with the psychiatrist for a consultation.  If you are mildly or moderately impacted by symptoms while still maintaining a good level of professional and social functioning, an appropriate starting point would be to see the psychologist for an assessment. Evidence based research studies proved that the highest rate of effective treatment and healing of psychiatric disorders could be achieved by the combination of psychiatric treatment (use of the medication) combined with psychotherapy.   Often, it is advisable to seek a combination of psychiatric and psychological services to facilitate healing and prevent relapse.

Psychiatry/Psychotherapy/Family Medicine

Dr. Gregor Kowal in his capacity of a psychiatrist and family medicine doctor treats his patients holistically, this means that he treats psychiatric disorders and maintains his patients’ health and physical wellbeing.  Many psychiatric disorders can be interlinked with a physical malfunction of the body and vice versa.  His treatment evolves along the therapy plan which is created during the initial, profound assessment of 1,5 hours. This initial investigation consists of a psychiatric and psychological evaluation, as well as a physical examination.  Other diagnostic measures such as ECG (electrocardiogram), EEG (electroencephalogram) and laboratory test are necessary in most cases to exclude physical illnesses, and they serve as a benchmark for future monitoring.  All of the diagnostic measures can be performed in our clinic.


Dr. Annette Schonder is an American certified psychologist who works with individuals, couples and families.  She uses a humanistic, client centered approach in her work.  She offers her patients a safe, non-judgmental and confidential setting in which the patient can process past and current events, become aware of thoughts and feelings, and explore underlying needs and issues to effect positive mental and behavioral changes.  Seasoned in her counseling work, she intuitively draws on evidence based therapeutic techniques that will benefit the patient.  As an American certified clinic hypnotherapist, she can facilitate a state of hypnosis for patients to gain more insight into their unconscious mind to obtain a state of balance and psychological integration.


Clinic for Health and Medical Care

Dubai Healthcare City

Al Razi Building, No. 64, Block B,

3rd Floor, Clinic 3006

Post box: 126779, Dubai, UAE

Phone: 00971-4-4574240

Fax: 00971-4-4574238


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