Dr Angela Cotter

Position: Visiting Lecturer
Email: cottera@regents.ac.uk
Faculty: Creative and Liberal Arts

Professional Biography

Angela Cotter is a Jungian analyst (GAP, IAAP, UKCP) in private practice who has also trained in energy psychotherapy, family constellations and systemic ritual. She is on the UKCP Directory of Clinical Supervisors. She has worked at Regent’s University London since 2006 and has been Head of Research at the Minster Centre since 2014. Since her doctoral work on nurses’ experience of severe acute and chronic illness in themselves (1990),  she has researched the wounded healer in health and social care.  Her research interests also include action research, autobiographical, embodied and creative approaches to research.  She has a background in clinical work, research and education within the NHS, private and voluntary sector.

Qualifications

  • 2013 Cert. Supervision (Society of Analytical Psychology)
  • 2002 Diploma in Analytical Psychology (Guild of Analytical Psychologists)
  • 1990 PhD (South Bank University, London)
  • 1982 Health Education (South Bank University, London)
  • 1974 BSc (Soc Sci) (Bristol University, Bristol)

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2010, Director of Training, Minster Centre, London
  • 2006 –2010, Programme Director, MPhil/PhD, School of Psychotherapy & Counselling Psychology, Regent’s College, London.
  • 2004-2006, Ferguson Fellow, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham.
  • 2002 - present, Jungian analyst in private practice
  • 2000- 2006, Self-employed Health & Research Consultant.
  • 2000-2004, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Dept of Health, Nursing & Medical Sciences, City University, London
  • 2001- 2004, Research Project Director, Relationships & Intimacy in Care Homes Project, Counsel and Care (self-employed contract).
  • 1998-2001, Research Consultant to Magic Me Creative Arts Project working with people with dementia and the staff who work with them.
  • 1999 Organisational Consultant to ‘Making a Difference in Naguib Ward’ Dementia Project, aimed at improving teamwork and quality of care, London.
  • 1996 – 2002, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Nursing & Midwifery, City University London; Honorary Senior Research Fellow Contract, King’s Healthcare Trust, London. Principal Investigator on a DOH funded action research project. Project Director, Hospital Discharge Project funded by St Thomas’s Hospital, London.
  • 1997, Honorary Psychotherapy Placement, Network Team, Royal Bethlem & Maudsley NHS Trust London
  • 1995 – 1996, Research & Development Training Co-ordinator, NHS Executive North Thames Regional Office, London
  • 1994 – 1996, Research & Development Manager, Care Group for Elderly People, Forest Healthcare Trust, London.
  • 1993 - 1994, Continuing Care Manager, Care Group for Elderly People, Forest Healthcare Trust, London.
  • 1992-1993, Acting Manager, Continuing Care Department of Medicine for Elderly People, Riverside Health Authority, London. Managed
  • 1989 - 1992, Manager, Stamford Brook Avenue Nursing Home, Riverside Health Authority, London.
  • 1987-1989, Project Co-ordinator, St James’ Church, Piccadilly, London.
  • 1983 – 1987, PhD Student/Researcher, Dept of Nursing & Community Health Studies, South Bank Polytechnic, London
  • 1980 - 1983, Health Education Officer, Barnet Health Authority, London.
  • 1978 - 1986, Sessional Contraceptive Nurse
  • 1978, Staff Nurse, Royal Hospital Sheffield

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Guild of Analytical Psychologists
  • International Association of Analytical Psychologists
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

Teaching & Course Development

  • Currently teaching and developing creative approaches to MA Psychotherapy and Counselling Research at Minster Centre London.
  • Developed PhD course in Psychotherapy and Counselling further at Regent’s University London when PhD Programme Director.

Research Supervision

  • Supervised 7 PhDs and 3 Professional Doctorates to completion.
  • Currently, supervise MA students especially using first person research and narrative methods.

Examining

  • Examined six PhDs.  
  • External Examiner to three Masters courses including a Masters in Research

Research Interests

  • Action research and reflexivity in organisations and individual therapeutic settings and research. 
  • Autoethnographic, and biographical/narrative approaches to research. Reflexivity. 
  • Creative arts in health and social care. 
  • Use of creative arts in research.
  • Therapeutic relationship particularly secondary traumatisation and ‘wounded healer’ approach. 

Publications

  • Cotter A (2017) Moving and being Moved through Time: Autoethnographic reflections on the development of first person research over thirty years. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research (forthcoming).
  • Cotter A (2016) The Politics of Care and Caring: one UK perspective. In Kiehl E, Saban M & Samuels A (2016) Analysis and Activism: Social and political contributions of Jungian psychology. London: Routledge; pp. 65-72.
  • Cotter A ed. (2016) Research in UKCP: Brief Reports. London UKCP: Issue 63: Summer 2016, pp. 41-43.
  • Cotter A (2015) Humanising psychotherapy research and training in research: intersubjectivity and beyond. In The Psychotherapist. London: UKCP: Issue 41: Autumn 2015; pp. 21-23.
  • Cotter A (2014) Being Alongside the Track: Experiences of derailment across the adult lifecycle and the paradox of wholeness. Attachment: New Directions in Psychotherapy and Relational Psychoanalysis vol.8, no.3., pp.236-247. Updated paper given at Bowlby Conference 2009 Desire Derailed: Attachment Deprivation and the Emergence of Love, Joy and Vitality. November 2014
  • Cotter A (2012) Research Ethics: The need for reflexivity in dialogue. The Psychotherapist. Issue 51, pp.20-21.
  • Cotter A (2011) Limping the way to wholeness: Wounded feeling and feeling wounded. Chapter in Hockley L & Gardner L (2011) House: The wounded healer on television, Jungian & post-Jungian reflections. London: Routledge.
  • Cotter A (2008) Out of Our Minds: Dementia as a symbol of our civilisation being in transition. London: Guild of Pastoral Psychology publication.
  • Forte D, Cotter A & Wells D (2005) Sexuality and Older People. Chapter in Redfern S & Ross F (2005) Nursing Older People. Edinburgh & London: Churchill Livingstone.
  • Holman C, Meyer J & Cotter A (2005) The complexity of loss in continuing care institutions for older people: A review of the literature. Illness, Crisis & Loss
  • Ashburner C, Meyer J, Cotter A, Young G & Ansell R (2004) Seeing things differently: Evaluating psychodynamically informed group clinical supervision for general hospital nurses. NTResearch; 9(1); 38-48.
  • Cotter A (2002) Healing where light and shadows meet. In Dementia Topics for the Millenium and Beyond. London: Hawker Publications, p.149-151.
  • Cotter A (2002) The challenge of change: a personal account. In Dementia Topics for the Millenium and Beyond. London: Hawker Publications, p.44-47.
  • Cotter A (2001) Healing where light and shadows meet. Journal of Dementia Care, Jan/Feb 2001, 20-22.
  • Cotter A (2000) Beneficial factors identified by members of a psychoanalytically informed group for nurse managers (Review) NT Research, vol.5, No2, 138-139.
  • Bridges J, Cotter A, Meyer J, Salvage A (2000) The progress of older people placed during the first year of the 1996 Continuing Care Guidance. Health and Social Care in the Community, Vol.8, No.2,147-150
  • Cotter A, Meyer J & Roberts S (1998) Humanity or bureaucracy? The transition from hospital to long term continuing institutional care. Nursing Times Research 3(4) 247-256
  • Cotter A, Meyer J & Roberts S (1998) The transition from hospital to long-term institutional care Nursing Times 94(34) 54-56
  • Cotter A, Salvage AV, Meyer JE, Bridges J (1998) Measuring outcomes of long term care for older people Reviews in Clinical Gerontology 8 (3) 257-268
  • Cotter A & Smith P (1998) Epilogue: Setting new research agendas. In Smith P (ed) Nursing Research: Setting new agendas. London: Arnold, 212-228
  • Cotter A. (1998) A New Lease of Life. Nursing Times 94(20) 58-59 (Nurses need to rethink how they approach rehabilitation of older people).
  • Bentley J, Carter L, Brooks L, Cotter A (1998) Developing a combined service to assess older peoples’ needs. Health Visitor 71(2), 59-61.
  • Cotter A (1997) Look Again: Re-assessment of older people Nursing Times 93(8) 37
  • Cotter A (1997) Comment: Elderly Care Counts Nursing Times; 93 (20)15

Other Outputs

  • 2000-2002 Contributed biographical narratives and accompanying educational exercises from the research into seamless care conducted for the DoH to 5 modules by Emap Healthcare on the Diploma/Degree in Nursing Older People (Professional Practice; General Perspectives; Learning Disabilities; Mental Health; Social Perspectives). 
  • Cotter A, McCormick K, Meyer J (2002)  The Hospital Discharge Project: A multi-disciplinary and multi-agency action research study involving older users and their carers into i) the transition of older people to long-term care from acute hospitals and ii) the information needs of older people moving  from acute hospitals into the community. London: School of Nursing & Midwifery, City University.
  • Cotter A with Fraser F, Langford S & Rose L (2001)  Getting Everybody Included.  Report on an action research study exploring the potential of creative arts to enhance communication between people with dementia and staff in long stay settings.
  • Cotter A (1999)  Making a Difference in Naguib Ward: Report from Project Team Member.  London: Independent Report
  • Cotter A, Meyer J, Bridges J & Salvage A  (1997) An Exploratory Study to describe the progress of elderly individuals placed under Band I of Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Authority Continuing Care Guidelines.  London: School of Nursing & Midwifery, City University
  • Ormiston H, Lindsey R, Cotter A, Botterill J (1997) Inspection Report of Wirral Social Services Department Hospital Discharge (Care Management). London: Department of Health/Social Services Inspectorate
  • Cotter A (1996)  Report after first Six Months from R&D Education and Training Co-ordinator, North Thames Region.  London: NHS Executive North Thames Regional Office. 

Conference Papers Given

  • Cotter A (2016) In my head the song which has not been sung: how shamanism can offer new therapeutic perspectives while respecting older traditions. Presentation to Confer day on Shamanic Approaches in Modern Psychotherapy. London: 9th April.
  • Cotter A (2016) Working with the Dreaming Body. Presentation to Confer day on Working with Dreams in Psychotherapeutic Practice. London: 30th January.
  • Cotter A (2014) The Politics of Care and Caring: a UK perspective. Presentation to Analysis and Activism: Social and Political Contributions to Jungian Psychology. International Conference of invited speakers organised by International Association of Analytical Psychologists. December 2014.
  • Cotter A (2014) Setting the Scene. Paper presented at Attachment, Memory Loss and Ageing Bowlby Centre Conference September 2014.
  • Cotter A (2013) What Earthly Good is it? The promises and pitfalls of spirituality in psychotherapy in contemporary practice. Session in Confer autumn series Psychotherapy and Soul:
    Contemporary perspectives on spirituality and the transpersonal in clinical practice. October 2013.

    Cotter A (2013) Being one of another: the spirituality of the wounded healer and its implications for psychotherapy practice and theory. Paper presented on Confer day The Gift of the Wounded Healer
    An exploration of the clinical qualities and personal risks that arise from the psychotherapist's own experience of suffering. September 2013.
  • Cotter A (2011) Talking about Death: A very modern taboo. Paper presented to Quaker Fellowship for Afterlife Studies, September 2011.
  • Cotter A (2010) Walking in Big Enough Shoes: Psychotherapy and Spirituality. Keynote paper presented to AIT Converging Streams Conference, October 2010.
  • Cotter A (2009) Being Alongside the Track: Experiences of derailment across the adult lifecycle and the paradox of wholeness. Keynote paper presented to John Bowlby Memorial Conference 2009 (Desire Derailed: attachment deprivation and the emergence of love, joy and vitality. March 2009
  • Cotter A (2007) Out of our Minds: Dementia as a symbol of our civilisation being in transition. Paper presented to Guild of Pastoral Psychology. May 2007.
  • Cotter A (2007) Death and Dying in Psychotherapy. Keynote Speaker at West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy Spring Conference. Keynote speaker. March 2007.
  • Cotter A (2006) The practitioner's somatic experience: whose problem? Paper presented to Association of Psychosexual Nursing Annual Meeting. London: May.
  • Wells D, Forte D, Cotter A (2005) Exploring Relationships and intimacy in care homes: A research based training package. New Challenges and Innovations in Community Health Nursing: International Conference on Community Health Nursing Research. Japan: October.
  • Meyer J & Cotter A (2004) The Challenges of Doing Action Research. Paper presented to Tavistock Centre/City University Conference about Action Research. September.
  • Cotter A (2003) Wounded Healers: An exploration of the concept in relation to the care of older people in mental health settings. Paper presented to Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists in the NHS Joint Conference (Older People and Nursing Sections), London: November.
  • Cotter A (2003) Transformed to Unity through accepting Difference: An exploration of the Red Shoes Fairytale in relation to Nursing Older People. Plenary paper presented to Royal College of Nursing International Conference in Care of Older People, Torquay: October.

    Cotter A, Forte D, Wells D (2003) Towards Relationship-Centredness: education, intimacy and sexuality in care settings for older people. Paper presented to Royal College of Nursing International Conference in Care of Older People, Torquay: October.
  • Cotter A (2003) The voice of older people in the dissemination of research findings. Paper presented as part of a symposium led by Professor Julienne Meyer to British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Newcastle: September.
  • Cotter A, Forte D, Wells D (2003) Towards Relationship-Centredness: education, intimacy and sexuality in care settings for older people. 2 papers presented to British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Newcastle: September.
  • Cotter A & Coats E (2003) What have creative arts to do with nursing and organisations? Paper presented to Nurses and Organisations Group, Tavistock Centre: July.
  • Cotter A (2003) Wounded Nurses: A psychodynamic exploration of nursing. Paper presented to Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists in the NHS (Nursing Section): June.
  • Cotter A (2003) Getting Everybody Included: Presenting Research Results in a Different Way. Emotion Work Study Group, ESRC funded series of days, University of Surrey: January.
  • Cotter A (2002) Towards Inclusive Research Paper presented at British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference, Birmingham: September 2002.
  • Cotter A, Langford S & Rose L (2002) Getting Everybody Included: doing inclusive research. Workshop at London Regional Conference on Dementia Care, London Centre for Dementia Care & Journal of Dementia Care, June 2002.
  • Cotter A (2000) Being and Being There – Spirituality and Dementia. Journal of Dementia Care – Third Annual Irish Conference, Belfast, September 2000. Plenary paper.
  • Cotter A The Difficulties Managing Change – Internal and External – to improve services for people with dementia. Journal of Dementia Care & the London Centre for Dementia Care, June 2000. Plenary paper.
  • Meyer J & Cotter A Exploring innovative ways of sharing research findings with practitioners RCN Annual Nursing Research Conference, Keele; April 1999
  • Cotter A & Rowe J The use of biographies in community nurse training. IPPR Seminar on the use of biographies from research; February 1999
  • Cotter A When working with dying is not a true choice: Issues in long-term care. Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Conference on Living with Dying. London, October 1998. Plenary paper.
  • Cotter A & Savage J The body’s consciousness and beyond: the researcher’s embodied consciousness in research. British Sociological Association, Medical Sociology Group Conference, York; September 1998
  • Cotter A Nothing you say to me will go anywhere: Interviewing people with dementia International RCN Research Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland; April 1998.
  • Cotter A Wounded nurses: Holism and nurses’ experiences of being ill Theology and Social Studies Seminar Series, Centre for the Study of Theology, University of Essex; February 1998.
  • Meyer J, Cotter A Involving older users and carers in advancing practice: The role of action research. “Your Move or Mine”, RCN European Conference on Older People, Harrogate; November 1997. Plenary Paper.
  • Cotter A Continuing Care: Towards a Re-evaluation of the Skills Needed to Enable High Quality Care. Paper presented to “Your Move or Mine”, RCN European Conference on Older People, Harrogate; November 1997.
  • Cotter A, Meyer J Ethical Issues and Practical Concerns: Involving Older Users and Carers in Research and Development of Health Care Practice. RCN Nursing Research Conference, Swansea, April 1997.
  • Cotter A Dementia Services: How the Concepts of Psychotherapy can Aid Managers. British Psychological Society Special Interest Group for Elderly People Conference, York, June 1996.

Last updated: 08 December 2017