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

Academic Journal Articles

Van Gordon, W., Dunn, T., Sapthiang, S., Sheffield, D., Shonin, E., Garcia-Campayo, J., & Kotera, Y. (2019). Exploring emptiness and its effects on non-attachment, mystical experiences, and psycho-spiritual wellbeing: A quantitative and qualitative study of advanced meditators. Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2018.12.003. RG

Kotera, Y., Gilbert, P., Asano, K., Ishimura, I. & Sheffield, D. (2018). Self-criticism and self-reassurance as mediators between mental health attitudes and symptoms: Attitudes towards mental health problems in Japanese workers. Asian Journal of Social Psychology. doi: 10.1111/ajsp.12355 UDORA RG

Kotera, Y., Conway, E. & Van Gordon, W. (2018). Ethical judgement in UK business students: Relationship with motivation, self-compassion and mental health. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. doi: 10.1007/s11469-018-0034-2 UDORA RG

Kotera, Y., Sheffield, D., & Van Gordon, W. (2018) The applications of neuro-linguistic programming in organisational settings: A systematic review of psychological outcomes. Human Resource Development Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/hrdq.21334 UDORA RG

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. doi: 10.1080/08832323.2018.1496898 UDORA RG

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 UDORA RG

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 UDORA

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, 3(2), 7-30. RG UDORA

Kotera, Y., Adhikari, P., & Van Gordon, W. (2018) Motivation types and mental health of UK hospitality workers, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 16(3), 751–763. doi: 10.1007/s11469-018-9874-z, UDORA

Kotera, Y., Adhikari, P., & Van Gordon, W. (2018) The relationship between work motivation and worker profile in UK hospitality workers, International Journal of Education, Psychology and Counseling, 2(6), 231-243. UDORA

Conference Presentations

Kotera, Y. (2019). Pedagogic Research Online at the Derby Excellence in Learning, Teaching, and Assessment: Pedagogic Research, Innovation and Scholarship for Impact Launch Event, University of Derby (January 21, 2019).

Kotera, Y. (2018). NLP application: Education and training at the Defence College of Health Education and Training, Annual Christmas Lecture 2018 (December 10, 2018). doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.15202.38087

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 International Perspectives in Education Conference 2018, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Homo'poly (October 12-13, 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 International Perspectives in Education Conference 2018, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Homo'poly (October 12-13, 2018).

Capone, S., Kotera, Y., & Sheffield, D. (2018). Attachment, self-compassion, resilience and motivation at the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme Conference, the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of Derby (October 4, 2018).

Pugsley, P., Kotera, Y., & Sheffield, D. (2018). Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for severe dementia patients at the Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme Conference, the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, University of Derby (October 4, 2018).

Elaine, C., & Kotera, Y. (2018). Ethical judgement and intent in business school students: the role of the psyche? at the British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, University of Derby Business School (September 10-11, 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 Networking for Education in Healthcare Conference 2018, Higher Education Academy (September 4, 2018).

Kotera, Y., Green, P., & Sheffield, D. (2018). Pathways from resilience to mental health: Roles of positive psychology in the relationship between resilience and mental health in UK social work students at the 1st British Psychological Society Midlands Conference, British Psychological Society (September 3, 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 Learning & Teaching Conference 2018, the University of Derby-Buxton (July 2, 2018). doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.25019.26407

Public Articles

Kotera, Y. (2018). Why are we all so interested in reality TV? University of Derby. Available at https://blog.derby.ac.uk/2018/07/interested-reality-tv/

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-reducing-negatives-cultivating-self-compassion-for-your-mental-health

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-solve-shame-around-mental-health/

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-professions-students/

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/

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. (2016). 3 Simple mindfulness exercises to help maximise your studies. StudyLink. Available at https://studylink.com/articles/3-simple-mindfulness-exercises-help-maximise-studies/

Radio

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

Interests

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