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Emma JM. Ates 

RP, RCAT, DTATI, BFA; Certified CP, AMM; Training ACT, CFT, DBT.


Hello, I am the Founder of the Centre for Contemplative Creative Science (CCCS). CCS is informed by the many forms of contemplative science and arts disciplines in traditional and modern Buddhism, and the latest research-based on contemplative science and contemplative arts, Buddhist psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness- and compassion-based interventions.

Why? Research shows that psychotherapy informed by contemplative methods, such as mindfulness- and compassion-based, helps reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Also, it gives new skills and practices to develop contentment, happiness, and better relationship with your partner, family, at work, and in society. 


I am a registered psychotherapist (CRPO), a registered Canadian art therapist (CATA), a contemplative creative psychotherapist (CCP). I am specialized in contemplative psychotherapy (Nalanda Institute), applied mindfulness meditation (AMM), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). For almost 4 years, I was a mental health therapist and provided brief therapy for youth, adults, and couples at the Centre Francophone du Grand Toronto



Presently, I serve as an instructor for the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (Mindfulness & Art Therapy). I am also a faculty instructor at the Toronto Art Therapy Institute. 


For over 10 years, I have been a contemplative arts practitioner. I was trained with Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography (level I, II, III, Absolute Eye & Maitri Space Awareness) with John McQuade. I am trained in Shambhala Art with Steven and Anne Saitzyk, and in Brushwork and Big Brush Mind with Barbara Bash. I was also introduced to Ikebana, E-Tegami with Sachiko Hata Pereklita; and Sumi-E (brush painting) with Hiroshi Yamamoto (Hakuho) at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center of Toronto.


I am the author of “Contemplative Photo Therapy: Group Intervention for Youth with Anxiety Disorders” (2017). I am currently working on a new book on Contemplative Creative Science (CCS) scheduled to be published in 2021.

*McMahan, D. L. (2008). The Making of Buddhist Modernism. Oxford University Press, New York: NY.

*Prebish, C. S., Baumann, M. (2002). Westward Dharma: Buddhism beyond Asia. University of California Press, London: UK.