Clinical Psychology

At Spire Murrayfield Hospital, you can make an appointment to see one of our specialist psychologists for a broad range of clinical needs, including a full range of adult mental health issues.

Dr Alan Coupar

BA Hons Psychology, MSc Clinical Psychology
Doctorate Clinical Psychology

Specialties: Clinical psychology, Eating disorders , Pain management

Special clinical interests: Adult mental health, Chronic pain, Occupational mental health, Traumatic stress, Cognitive behavioural therapy

Research interests: Pain

Current membership: British Psychological Society; Clinical division - Associate; Health division - Fellow; Occupational division - Associate 

Professional profile:
Following 30 years as head of several large clinical psychology departments, I established Working Psychology Scotland to provide a high quality mental health and expert witness service registered with the main health providers.

As a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT), I am experience in the full range of adult mental health issues. This includes acute psychiatric to chronic problems, such as anxiety and depression, as well as reactive problems, like traumatic stress and health-related psychological issues. Chronic pain management is a particular area of interest, with occupational mental health (eg. stress) and couples counselling other areas of expertise. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is my main focus and I am trained in hypnotherapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing).

Recommended links: British Psychological Society

Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0131 332 4681
Personal email address:

Carol Sutherland

Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Spire Murrayfield Hospital

I am a fully chartered Clinical Psychologist working as part of the Weight Loss Team at Spire Murrayfield Hospital. Every individual who requests to be considered for this surgery is assessed by a number of professionals to ensure best practice. Following an initial meeting with our Nurse Specialists, an appointment is made to undergo a full psychological assessment. This involves a structured interview and a set of questionnaires, all of which are important in helping to decide whether surgery would be appropriate and beneficial. Any potential difficulties are identified and where possible solutions sought. At the end of the meeting I will, where possible, indicate that I am happy either to support their request for surgery, or that I have concerns and will discuss their request with the other members of the multi-disciplinary team. The final decision for surgery will be made within this group.

I also undertake referrals from Consultant Plastic Surgeons when asked regarding patients requesting cosmetic procedures. Again this is to help identify those individuals for whom surgery may not be appropriate.

I am happy to accept referrals from other Consultants and routinely receive referrals from General Practitioners.

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