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 worked in the private, public and third sectors.  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.  


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.  She retired from mainstream corporate work in 2011 so that she can focus her efforts on her psychotherapy and supervision practice.  The latest OPAL initative is the design and development of a mindfulness based integrative supervision training.  The first course is due to begin in March 2011.


As a client I commissioned work with Sue nearly 10 years ago and over that period we have collaborated on a number of different leadership development programmes for HMRC and other Government Departments. Sue gives excellent coaching to individual leaders, designs challenging interventions for teams and has supported me personally with the challenge of Organisational Change. Sue’s strengths are that she understands what is important to her clients and their organisation and has the integrity and courage to do the right thing. She has grown her network of consultant developers by working alongside them and has achieved excellence by matching their talents to her client’s needs. Our relationship has been a significant enabler in my own development as coach and OD practitioner."  Julie Partridge, Learning and Development HMRC