Organisations People And Learning


About Us

Sue Roberts Dip Psych, AssFBPS

Sue worked as a core process psychotherapist, and was registered with UCKP between 1998-2015.  She is also a chartered psychologist with a background in occupational psychology. She is now semi-retired and remains an Associate fellow of the British Psychological Society.  She holds a post graduate diploma in integrative supervision and runs a private  supervision pratice in Cardiff.  As vice Chair of ACPP and later Chair, Sue was part of the team that created ACPP.  In her work as a management consultant she works in the private, public and third sectors and is currently an associate with the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education.  Her specialisms included leadership development, organisational development, change management, psychometric testing, executive coaching and the design and delivery of assessment and development centres.

Erica Whitfield Dip Psych C.Q.S.W

Erica is a core process psychotherapist and supervisor, registered with UKCP (1998) and a GSCC registered social worker with a background in children's Social Care and Mental Health services.  She has a private psychotherapy practice in Bath and has experience of supervision in both private and statutory organisations.  She has a particular interest in the ethical dimensions to psychotherapy and supervision and has previously held the post of Chair of Ethics for ACPP.

Sydney Bayley Dip Psych AssFBPS

Sydney is a core process psychotherapist and supervisor, registered with UKCP (1998), and a chartered psychologist, with a background in educational psychology.  She has a private psychotherapy practice and also a supervision practice for psychotherapists, counsellors and educational psychologists.  She has recently retired from a specialist post in an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and carried out long term and brief work, as well as supervision, in both settings.  She also trained educational psychologists in supervision. She has previously held the post of Chair of Ethics for ACPP.


As a team of UKCP registered psychotherapists, we provide; one-to-one counselling and psychotherapy servies to clients in our individual locales and, as a team, we offer mindfulness-based relational integrative supervision training to psychotherapists, counsellors and the helping professions.  We also offer in-house training to organisations and teams in the areas of leadership, team development and executive coaching.  


Our mindfulness based supervision training was designed in line with the UKCP Standards for Education and Training and received UKCP approval in 2017. Participants who are UKCP accredited psychotherapists can now register as a Recognised Supervisor (RS) with UKCP following successful completion of the training 


OPAL is an acronym and stands for Organisations, People And Learning.  Sue Roberts started this company in 1991 as a sole trader and has worked under this title since then.  She sources the appropriate professional skills to deliver assignments in either organisational or therapeutic settings from her wide network of professional contacts and works alonside her contacts as associates of her business.  This has enabled OPAL to remain small and flexible with the minimum of overheads so that value for money can be passed on to clients.  The latest OPAL initiative is the design and delivery of a modular certificate in Supervision for the helping professions.  The latest OPAL initative is the design and development of a mindfulness based integrative supervision training.  


The mindfulness based supervision course opened up for me a whole new direction in my working life as a psychotherapist and added another significant arena for personal growth and learning. The course was a well-balanced delivery of excellent teaching, group discussion and experiential group learning. I gained the knowledge and confidence, in this very supportive environment, to be employed as a supervisor for the counsellors in a residential rehab home.

Thank you for giving me the tools, the knowledge and the breadth of understanding to be able to support, develop and assist in the learning of my supervisees.

Marilyn Hills (2016)

The trainers are all experienced in their own areas; this adds richness to the content in the way of exemplars of case studies, group demonstrations, and supervised group work.  There are only two out of the three trainers working at one time as a duo. The course content is wide covering various models of supervision, taught materials are demonstrated, discussed and reviewed through practice and reflection. Contemplative focus is added to the course through the contemplative approach to clinical supervision, namely, body, speech and mind. The holding field is considered with respect to the Brahma Viharas. Cognition is attended to of conscious and unconscious in both communication and development of the supervisor.

Reading through my brief experience of the course it may seem that the content is quite a challenge. Actually the course is challenging, but it is delivered and held with humour, support and challenge and kindness. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in becoming a supervisor.

Rosswell Gadsden (2016)