Biography

I have been Academic Lead for our online Counselling and Psychotherapy courses since 2014 and have been researching into mental health and neuro-linguistic programming.

I have studied at Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan and Emory University in America during my bachelor’s degree, focusing on communication: how externally and internally it creates our feelings.

After earning my bachelor’s degree, I worked at one of the most competitive advertisement companies in Japan, Recruit, then co-founded a company to teach neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) to organisations as a certified NLP trainer.

While teaching NLP, I became more interested in how long-lasting human changes can be created, so decided to study counselling psychology in a master’s degree at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, focusing on Gestalt therapy. While and after pursuing my degree, I worked at a Gestalt-based counselling centre, an adult crisis psychiatric unit, and a geriatric centre as a counsellor.

Update on 14th March 2018. I have gained the Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist status with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Professional

My research interests include occupational mental health, intrinsic motivation, care for carers, and neuro-linguistic programming.

Qualifications

  • BA in Applied Informatics GPA 3.75 / 4.00

  • MA in Counseling Psychology GPA 3.97 / 4.00

Memberships

  • British Psychological Society

  • British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

  • Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming

  • Japanese Bibliotherapy Association

  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences

  • Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy


Publications

Kotera, Y., Conway, E., & Van Gordon, W. (2018) Mental health of UK university business students: Relationship with shame, motivation and self-compassion. Journal of Education for Business, In Press.

Kotera, Y., Green, P., & Sheffield, D. (2018) Mental health attitudes, self-criticism, compassion, and role identity among UK social work students. British Journal of Social Work. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcy072

Van Gordon, W., Shonin, E., Diouri, S., Garcia-Campayo, J., Kotera, Y., & Griffiths, M. D. (2018). Ontological Addiction Theory: Attachment to me, mine, and I. Journal of Behavioral Addictions. doi: 10.1556/2006.7.2018.45

Kotera, Y., Green, P., & Van Gordon, W. (2018) Mental wellbeing of caring profession students: Relationship with caregiver identity, self-compassion, and intrinsic motivation. Mindfulness and Compassion, In Press.

Kotera, Y., Adhikari, P., & Van Gordon, W. (2018) Motivation types and mental health of UK hospitality workers, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. doi: 10.1007/s11469-018-9874-z

Kotera, Y., Adhikari, P., & Van Gordon, W. (2017) The relationship between work motivation and worker profile in UK hospitality workers, International Journal of Education, Psychology and Counseling, 2(6), 231-243. http://ijepc.com/current.asm

Pates, J., Kotera, Y. & Clancy, D. (2017). Development and Validation of the Inspirational Leaders Survey (ILS), International Journal of Work Innovation. http://www.inderscience.com/info/ingeneral/forthcoming.php?jcode=ijwi

Kotera, Y., Adhikari, P. & Van Gordon, W. (2017). Relationship between types of work motivation and worker profile in UK hospitality workers. Proceedings of the International Conference on Social Sciences, Humanities and Technology 2017. Kelantan, Malaysia: Global Academic Excellence. https://derby.openrepository.com/derby/handle/10545/622031

Asano, K., Tsuchiya, M., Ishimura, I., Lin, S., Matsumoto, Y., Miyata, H., Kotera, Y., Shimizu, E., & Gilbert, P. (2017). The development of fears of compassion scale Japanese version. PLoS ONE, 12(10): e0185574. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0185574 UDORA: https://derby.openrepository.com/derby/handle/10545/621961

Kotera, Y., & Sheffield, D. (2017). Disney strategy for Japanese university students’ career guidance: a mixed methods pilot study, Journal of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling, 38, 52-61. doi: https://doi.org/10.20856/jnicec.3808 UDORA: https://derby.openrepository.com/derby/handle/10545/621620

Kotera, Y. (2017). A qualitative investigation into the experience of neuro-linguistic programming certification training among Japanese career consultants, British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 1-12. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2017.1320781 UDORA: https://derby.openrepository.com/derby/handle/10545/621619

Conference Presentations

Kotera, Y., Mills, D., & Taynton, K. (2018). Danger of written feedback: In-the-moment video feedback for online counselling students' role play assessment at the Learning & Teaching Conference 2018, the University of Derby-Buxton (July 2, 2018)

Kotera, Y., Cockerill, V., Green, P., Hutchinson, L., & Shaw, P. (2018). Towards another level of borderlessness: Qualitative investigation into online learning experience of students with disabilities at the Learning & Teaching Conference 2018, the University of Derby-Buxton (July 2, 2018)

Kotera, Y., Mills, D., & Taynton, K. (2018). Danger of written feedback: In-the-moment video feedback for online counselling students' role play assessment at the Technology Enhanced Learning Festival 2018, the University of Sheffield (Jun 26-28, 2018).

Kotera, Y. (2018). Pathways of resilience: Roles of positive psychology in the relationship between resilience and mental health at the 4th International Conference on Mental Health & Human Resilience, Conference series (Apr 26-27, 2018). Invited speaker.

Kotera, Y., Mills, D., & Taynton, K. (2018). In-the-moment video feedback for online counselling students' role play assessment at the Digital Assessment and Feedback Conference 2018, the University of Derby (Mar 5, 2018).

Kotera, Y., Adhikari, P., & Van Gordon, W. (2017). Relationship between work motivation and worker profile in UK hospitality workers at the International Conference on Social Sciences, Humanities and Technology 2017, Global Academic Excellence (Dec 2, 2017).

Kotera, Y. (2016). The Disney strategy ­NLP skills for career consultation at the National Institute for Career and Education Counselling Conference: Rethinking career development for a globalised world, the University of Derby (September 21-22, 2016).

Kotera, Y. (2016). Qualitative investigation into the effects of NLP training among Career Consultants in Japan at the Applied Qualitative Research Conference, the University of Derby (July 21, 2016)

Kotera, Y. (2016). Career development: The Disney way at the Learning & Teaching Conference 2016: Higher education – What does the future hold?, the University of Derby-Buxton (July 4, 2016).

Kotera, Y. (2014). PTSD and WWI at the Disability Conference, the University of Derby- Buxton (Nov 25, 2014)

Kotera Y. (2004). Japanese Leadership Speech “Yozan Uesugi, the Shogun JFK Respected”, Georgia International Leadership Conference as a representative of Emory University, Eatonton, GA, USA, (January 2004)

Public Articles

Kotera, Y. (2018). It’s not all about reducing negatives: Cultivating self-compassion for your mental health. FE News. Available at https://www.fenews.co.uk/featured-article/17189-it-s-not-all-about-reduc...

Kotera, Y. (2018). How the Disney strategy could help solve shame around mental health. University of Derby. Available at https://blog.derby.ac.uk/2018/05/how-the-disney-strategy-could-help-solv...

Kotera, Y. (2018). Taking care of the carers: Mental health in caring professions students. University of Derby. Available at https://blog.derby.ac.uk/2018/04/taking-care-carers-mental-health-caring...

Kotera, Y. (2018). Weekly windup videos (posted by Gardener, C.), University of Derby. Available at https://ideasfactory.wp.derby.ac.uk/2018/03/02/weekly-windup-videos/

Kotera, Y. (2018). The history of hypnosis, University of Derby. Available at https://blog.derby.ac.uk/2018/01/the-history-of-hypnosis/

Kotera, Y. (2017). Christmas holidays: The Paradox of happiness in holiday depression, University of Derby. Available at https://blog.derby.ac.uk/2017/12/1450/

Gander, K. (2017). Equal Pay Day: Women in retail have one of the toughest jobs in the UK, International Business Times. Quoted as an occupational mental health expert.

Kotera, Y. (2017). The impact of hospitality work on Mental Health, University of Derby. Available at https://blog.derby.ac.uk/2017/10/hospitality-mental-health/

Kotera, Y. (2015). Living and working internationally, KG Journal. Available from http://www.kwansei.ac.jp/kwansei_007601.html

Kotera, Y. (2015). A war in your mind: Overcoming the mental challenge of resettlement. Pathfinder, November, 49.

Kotera, Y. (2015). PTSD in the military: Cognitive approaches to treatment. Fight Through, Autumn, 62.

Other media

Sally Pepper's show at BBC Radio Derby about work-life balance. 1:27:01-1:35:12 in the clip (1:19:10-1:23:38 listener's voice). 26 January 2018

Martyn Williams' show at BBC Radio Derby about occupational mental health. 52:40-55:43 in the clip. 26 October 2017

Featuring Interview for Open Access Week 23-29 October 2017. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=262&v=k_1iTrufZiw

Video

OA Week Interview - Yasu Kotera
https://youtu.be/k_1iTrufZiw?t=4m21s

Interests

Cooking and eating Japanese food, baseball, comedy and learning Dutch.