Staff profile

Yasuhiro Kotera


Academic Lead in Counselling and Chair of UDOL Research Ethics Committee

Yasu Kotera smiling

Subject

Psychology

Department

University of Derby Online Learning

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre

Email

Y.Kotera@derby.ac.uk

About

I have been Academic Lead for our online Counselling and Psychotherapy courses since 2014 and have been teaching and researching into mental health, motivation, compassion and cross-cultural psychology. 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 consultancy company teaching occupational psychological concepts and skills.

While teaching, I became more interested in how long-lasting 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.

I am an Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and have more than 20 academic peer-reviewed articles about mental health.

Teaching responsibilities

Module lead or tutor for all the research modules in the health portfolio at the Online Learning.

I also module lead or teach clinical or counselling psychology module in the psychology portfolio.

Professional interests

 

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies

Qualifications

Recent conferences

Experience in industry

International experience

My bachelor's degree and master's degree are from Japan and America.

I have been collaborating with researchers from Harvard Medical School, Stanford University, University of Amsterdam, Chukyo University, Nagoya University, Mejiro University, Tokyo University, Limerick Institute of Technology, and the University of Malaysia. 

Additional interests and activities

Baseball, cooking (recently I'm into Italian food), guitar, editing movies, and learning strange UK expressions.

In the media

Recent publications

Courses

Blog Posts

Working from home image

Counselling and psychotherapy academic Yasuhiro Kotera, of the University of Derby, examines how working from home during the pandemic can affect our sense of wellbeing.

Reading a book

In this blog, Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychology at the University of Derby, explores why self-care for workers is so important, but not always easy.

Dance

Here, Nataliya Braun, psychological consultant and Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychology at the University of Derby explore the influence of dance on embodied self-awareness and wellbeing.

man's hand and child's hand

Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychology at the University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL), examines the mental health of social work students and explores positive psychology as a possible solution to the problem.

construction workers on a building site

There is a silent danger that lingers on the building site. Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead in Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychology at the University of Derby Online Learning explores the mental health challenges that construction workers face.

couple holding hands

Yasuhiro Kotera and Christine Rhodes from the University of Derby Online Learning, explore why sex addiciton is a universally underestimated and misunderstood intimacy disorder and an issue of growing concern worldwide.

NLP

Neuro-linguistic programming is widely practised but has yet to achieve mainstream recognition. Our Counselling Academic Lead, Yasuhiro Kotera, asks why.

Price of fame in reality show

Yasuhiro Kotera discusses what motivates people to apply for reality TV shows and why we should be careful about chasing external rewards such as fame.

A student working on a laptop

Yasuhiro Kotera, University of Derby Academic Lead in Psychotherapy, looks at how online learning can improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

A woman sitting at her desk at work - NLP

Work mental health is high on the national agenda. Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead in Psychotherapy at the University of Derby, looks at how NLP can help.

University Mental Health Day

Caring subjects dominate the top 10 most popular courses in UK higher education, but students in these subjects can suffer from mental health problems.

Reality TV

With the popularity of Love Island, Bake Off and more, the University of Derby Online Learning's Yasuhiro Kotera asks why we’re so interested in reality TV

How the Disney strategy could help solve shame around mental health

Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead in Psychotherapy at the University of Derby Online Learning examines the Disney strategy as a solution to feelings of shame about mental health

To coincide with Stress Awareness Month, the University of Derby's Yasuhiro Kotera talks about the mental health of students in the caring professions

Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead for Counselling at the University of Derby Online Learning discusses the history of hypnosis and how it works to help people. 

Yasu - stress at christmas

Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead for Counselling at University of Derby Online Learning talks about holiday depression at Christmas time.

Hospitality mental health

Yasuhiro Kotera, Academic Lead for Counselling at University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL), talks about the impact of hospitality work on Mental Health.

  • 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.2018.12.003RG
  • 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 UDORARG
  • 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-zUDORA
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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