Founder, Contemplative Arts Psychotherapy: Psychotherapist, Art (Psycho)therapist, Instructor & Author
Emma JM. Ates, RP (Qualifying), DTATI, CP* Certified, AMM* Certified, is a mental health therapist, art psychotherapist specialised in mindfulness and compassion-based therapies, founder of the Contemplative Arts Psychotherapy framework, and author of the book Contemplative Photo Therapy: Group Intervention for Youth with Anxiety Disorders (Amazon).
Emma works as a mental health therapist and art psychotherapist for the Centre Francophone of Toronto, using humanistic and contemplative approaches. Her research on contemplative arts and sciences and its integration in mental health are focused on training the “embodied mind” with expressive modalities and meditation practices to empower clients (youth and adults) to cultivate mental health and well-being in their daily life by observing and understanding their coping mechanisms, as well as their perception of self, others and their environment.
Emma has over 20 years of Buddhist study and meditation practice in Buddhist Bön, Kagyu, Nyingma, and Gelugpa lineages where she continues to receive Dharma teachings and contemplative instructions. She is a student of Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche and Tulku Zasep Rinpoche. She also received part of her training with Shambhala Toronto, Shambhala Arts, and Nalanda Miksang Contemplative Photography. Combining her life-long Buddhist practice and her clinical expertise, she founded the Contemplative Arts Psychotherapy (CAPT) framework and theory composed of the Contemplative Photo Therapy (CPT) and Contemplative Creative Therapy (CCT), two specialised embodied mind training models and interventions. In addition, the CAPT models and training programs for mental health professionals to integrate and apply the techniques and methods in their clinical practice.
Always check my intentions, my body and heart to benefit others and the planet, to be here and alleviate the suffering of someone today.
If you understand your mind it becomes your ally, then the world becomes an ally.
Be here and listen, always explore, be curious, be respectful and creative!
Planting seeds of mindfulness, tolerance, love and compassion in each of my clients.
Smile to your body, smile to your mind, smile to everyone and be kind, smile to your environment, and enjoy the day you never when it will be your last one.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City? What I love most about Toronto is its diversity. People don’t realize their tolerance for each other, and how we could be an example for the rest of the world by learning from each other in harmony.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
My favorite breakfast meal: we have this Sunday tradition with my partner, we prepare chapatis and eggs for breaky with orange juice and coffee.
My favorite restaurant: “Meet Dumpling” on Yonge Street, they make fresh spinach and enoki mushrooms dumplings, and fish dumplings that are amazing! I could eat there every day.
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Waking up and stretching, thanking the universe for this new day on this planet!
10:00 AM – I am usually at work in a therapy session with one of my client at the Centre Francophone of Toronto. I have to be on the go pretty early, especially because I like to walk to work to get some fresh air and coffee before the day starts.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal? I usually prepare my lunch, but if I am going out I like to go to B.Good on Queen Street West, Toronto. Fresh vegetarian (and non-vegetarian) food from the Ontarian farms.
7:00 PM – At home, preparing dinner and reconnecting with my partner.
11:00 PM – Sleeping. I usually finish my day with meditation and try to have my 8 hours beauty sleep.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Water, I am addicted to water like a plant!
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Insight Timer app.
@4ocean for their work cleaning the ocean and how inspiring they are.
@mindfulrupaarts @buddhadoodles @instabuddhagram @earthpix
What should everyone try at least once? Painting, dance, meditation, running, jumping, laughing… try it all at least once. Life is too short. You must experience things to know if it works for you. And try it again, to be sure!
Where do you enjoy getting lost? In research, in nature, in exploration, in art, in philosophy and reading, movies …etc.