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strategic trauma consultancy

KRTS International’s workplace trauma solutions help any organisation, large or small, to strategically prepare for and respond to workplace trauma.


Many organisations feel out of their depth when it comes to managing psychological trauma. It is a highly specialised area but this doesn’t mean that people should feel confused about what to do or why they should take an action. Our guiding principle is to demystify, simplify and appropriately educate, developing a collaborative partnership with our customers and assisting them in crucial policy making decisions.

Organisations may be faced with the need to proactively plan their response mechanisms for potential situations, the need to train managers and other employees or the need to facilitate the psychological recovery of their employees, ensuring they return to work in a safe, effective way.


KRTS International offers solutions in each of these 3 key areas of need.


Knowledge is power. This principle of empowerment is fundamental to our work. As industry experts, our in-depth knowledge and understanding of psychological trauma combined with our pragmatic, practical approach, means we are able to create and provide cost effective solutions to meet the human, legal and practical implications of workplace trauma.


Our Story

The Directors of KRTS International developed their services based on their many years’ experience of working with clients and high risk companies. It was a long road of research and testing to create an effective system of both proactive and reactive trauma support that was effective and accessible.


In our years of practice and delivering services and consultancy, we became aware of various issues that were consistently being raised by both employers and individuals:”

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There was a stigma around accessing therapy that meant many people would not access support

A lack of qualified trauma therapists meant people were waiting a long time to access support

Employees could be off work on sickness absence for several weeks before receiving support

Individuals were in counselling for a long time, with the organisation not being aware of what was going on

Managers were feeling disempowered and frustrated

There was massive inconsistency in the general standard of interventions

When individuals did receive support they were not receiving vital Psycho-education

If Psycho-education was provided the standard varied dramatically

There were inconsistent guidelines for employers on what to do and when.

Our Goal

Our goal was to create an empowering approach that solved the problems for the individual and the organisation.

We wanted to ensure that the right intervention was provided for the right person at the right time, by the appropriate individual, allowing the company to target their resources effectively.

The results included the KRTS International pre-incident training courses and the e-health programme with specialist coaching support.”

“We are really proud to be making a difference and filling a much needed gap.”

Our Team


Cath Kerr (CPsychol)

MSc, EMDR Europe Approved Consultant

Chartered Psychologist Cath Kerr has 20 years’ experience of working with high risk organisations and clients suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and acute trauma reactions including those following serious assaults, hostage situations, road traffic collisions, firearms incidents, witnessing violence and death and historical child sexual abuse.

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Cath has a Management background within the voluntary and private sector. She helps many organisations consider the valuable human aspect of their business, enabling them to stay on course whatever storm they were forced to weather! This involves Consultation to establish current policies and procedures and suggest cost effective, efficient ways to make the best use of resources. She provides comprehensive support working collaboratively with senior management and helps organisations to create a solid framework that they can lean on in times of crisis, providing them with control, stability and security. Cath has also helped a number of organisations achieve industry standard accreditations. She has been involved with local NHS Primary Care Groups to help provide early preventative measures in response to mental health issues.

Cath provides high quality effective training to empower organisations by utilising their internal valuable assets (i.e. their own staff), thus reducing the need for some of the external interventions, and enabling them to provide the right support to the right person at the right time.

As well as having an MSc in Psychological Trauma, she is a Consultant, international author and presenter. With Liz she is the co-creator of KRTS Power to Plan™ a comprehensive organisational psychological risk assessment tool, KRTS Power to Respond™ an innovative App which supports the immediate needs of employees and their managers post critical incident, and KRTS Power to Recover®, an early intervention programme that supports individuals following a critical incident.

Cath is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Counselling Psychology Qualification Reference Group. She is also a member of the BPS Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section which enables her to keep informed of the latest developments in the field.

Dr Liz Royle is an international author and speaker with clinical experience of working across the full range of psychological trauma – be that responding to traumatic incidents or working therapeutically with PTSD and historical trauma.


She is an accredited BACP psychotherapist and EMDR Europe Approved Consultant and was the lead person for the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies ESTSS Managing Trauma in the Uniformed Services task force for 8 years.

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She is a founder member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society and has substantial experience of the strategic management of trauma and proactive interventions for high risk organisations. Her professional experience of trauma was cemented during her time as Senior Welfare Officer for Greater Manchester Police providing psychotherapy and 24/7 critical incident interventions to police officers. In that role, she was the specialist liaison for Gold Control, firearms, Child Protection, Witness Protection Officers and the Major Armed Control Unit. She developed post-incident procedures for major incidents in the police service and managed responses to major incidents such as line of duty deaths and multiple fatalities.

Since leaving the police service in 2004, she took her skills and knowledge into the private, corporate and voluntary sectors. Dr Liz Royle has written Trauma Support policies for City Councils, Police Forces and security companies and provided strategic and crisis response support to organizations affected by the 7/7 bombings, the 2004 Tsunami and groups affected by disaster, deaths and accidents.


She co-created the early intervention programme Power to Recover® and now works as a consultant to organisations that need to manage their response to traumatic events.


Dr Liz Royle

PhD, MA, EMDR Europe Approved Consultant, MBACP (Accred)

Vess Christoph

Award winning serial multinational entrepreneur, a post graduate of Information Technologies (BScIT), a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a former CCNA certificate holder

Vess is Chief Technical Director for Power to Respond. Vess’ skills include: international business development and management; Creating pricing, business and marketing strategies; Full technical project management from the design to implication and deployment of web-based systems, IOS/Android apps and software.

Vess’ first Translation business which he is still active as shareholder and Director has grown to 4 countries with 4 offices and 5 franchises, satisfying more than 10,000 clients around the world. His second Digital Marketing business has received 12 business award nominations and won 2 awards from the largest business organization in the UK the Federation of Small Businesses. The UK digital marketing company services clients in Manchester, Liverpool, London and internationally in the U.S. and Germany.

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Complete online strategy development; High conversion rate UX/UI design wireframing; Competitive analysis and gap analysis expert; HR expertise of attracting and retaining a talented team.


POWER TO RECOVER: A Complete Guide to Managing Psychological Trauma at Work
By Liz Royle and Catherine Kerr

Also available as an ebook


By Liz Royle and Catherine Kerr

Translated into Swedish (2012) and Spanish (2019)


Chapter 16 “PEOPLE LIKE ME DON’T GET MENTALLY ILL: Social Identity Theory, EMDR and the Uniformed Services”
By Liz Royle


By Liz Royle


Part V: Theory and Approached 5.13 “Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)”
By Catherine Kerr and Liz Royle


By Cath Kerr and Liz Royle

Also available as an ebook

Our Publications

As well as our books, some of our international presentations and publications include:

Royle, L. (2015) Mental health help-seeking amongst police officers with a military background: A theoretical model based on social identity, A presentation at the ESTSS XIV conference “Trauma in changing societies: Social context and clinical practice” in Vilnius, Lithuania

Kerr, C. & Royle, L. (2014) EMDR: Addressing blocks to integration. A pre-conference workshop at the 2014 EMDR Europe Conference in Edinburgh

PODCAST (2014) Dr Liz Royle talks about her work with the uniformed services including her research on stigma: http://www.vivavocepodcasts.com/#!stigma/cwzh

Royle, L. & Kerr, C. (2013) Managing critical incidents in schools. A workshop presented at the International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology, Antalya, Turkey

Walsh, Y., Dillon, S., Frankland, A., Kerr, C., Larsson, P., Nicholas, H. and Sugg, M. (2013) Working relationally with trauma: A discussion. British Psychological Society, Leicester. (Edited by Professor Pam James and Dr Peter Martin)

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Royle, L. & Kerr, C. (2012) From the general to the specific – selecting the target memory. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research 6 (3): 101-109

Royle, L. (2011) Working creatively to promote resilience in the uniformed services. A symposium session at the European Conference on Traumatic Stress in Vienna, Austria

Royle, L. & Kerr, C. (2010) Integrating EMDR theory into your practice. New York: Springer

Kerr, C. & Royle, L. (2010) Are EMDR therapists at greater risk of secondary trauma? A symposium session at the national EMDR UK and Ireland conference in Dublin

Royle, L., Keenan, P. & Farrell, D. (2009) First Responder Stigma. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health 11(2): 80-86

Royle, L. (2009) Secondary Trauma in Mental Health Professionals. A workshop at the inaugural conference of the UK Psychological Trauma Society in Edinburgh

Royle, L. (2009) The ESTSS Task Force for Managing Trauma in the Uniformed Services: Interim report on a European survey into interventions. A poster presentation at the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation World Congress in Baltimore, United States

Royle, L. (2008) EMDR as a therapeutic treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): A case study. Journal of EMDR Practice and Research Vol. 2(3): 226-232 and poster presentation by Liz Royle at the 2008 EMDR Europe Conference, London

Keenan, P & Royle, L (2008) Vicarious Trauma and First Responders: A case study utilising Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) as the primary treatment modality. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, Vol. 9(4). pp. 291-298

Royle, L. (2006) Are we getting sick of caring? Therapy Today. Vol. 17(6): 25 – 28

Royle, L. (2003) An exploration of the perceptions of police firearms officers to traumatic work-related incidents and the relevance, in their opinion, of different support interventions offered. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 3(2): 173 and presented at the 9th Annual BACP Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Conference in 2003