Elizabeth Tobias, Expressive Arts Therapist
Elizabeth Tobias, Expressive Arts Therapist

Safe and nurturing healing through the arts

Welcome to Expressive Arts Therapy & Arts Intervention

what is expressive arts therapy and arts intervention?

Expressive Arts Therapy awakens the senses and the imagination through multiple arts disciplines

Expressive Arts Therapy is an effective, creative and uplifting therapeutic modality that draws upon multiple arts disciplines, such as painting, movement, music, dance and poetry. Accessing multiple sensory pathways offers clients  greater potential for meaningful growth and lasting change. I work with individuals, families and couples on relationships and personal issues such as anxiety, depression, recovery and trauma. I work with K-12 schools to create customized Arts-Based Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support Programs for students, teachers and staff in order to build and maintain a more caring and inclusive school climate and reduce the incidences of hate, violence and bullying.

About Elizabeth Tobias, MA

Elizabeth Tobias, MA, is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Interdisciplinary Artist, Feminist, Educator and Community Organizer. As an Expressive Arts Therapist, she works in private practice and in clinical settings.  As an artist and community organizer, Elizabeth creates immersive works of art and public events that address timely social issues such as abuse, trauma, discrimination, food scarcity and climate change. Her multi-media projects leverage art to engage the community in cultural, economic and social advancement. In 2014, she was awarded a Learning Innovation Fellowship from The National Science Foundation. She previously earned a Durfee ARC Grant for The Cupcake Project, a 3 year traveling exhibit about the hunger epidemic in America, which was featured at The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University. She also conceptualized SEE THRU, an experimental collaboration with Caltech Neuroscience Professor, Shinsuke Shimojo. She has worked with organizations including Vista Hill Parent Care, The San Diego Unified School District Department of Student Advocacy, La Jolla Elementary School, La Jolla High School, The LA Gay and Lesbian Center, Girl Up, Lifting Generations and The Expressive Arts Foundation.


Elizabeth earned her MA in Spiritual Psychology from The University of Santa Monica and her Professional Diploma from The Expressive Arts Institute in San Diego in accordance with standards set forth by The International Expressive Arts Therapy Training Network and in compliance with The European Graduate School in Saas Fe, Switzerland.

My Client Promise

I promise to be there with you every step of your journey. My goal is to support you in expressing yourself creatively and authentically as you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be. You will be supported as you rediscover yourself and what you want to be doing with your life. I will bring my heart, my experience and my understanding to your journey and will provide you with a safe, nurturing and creative environment for your process.


Expressive arts therapy and arts intervention areas of focus

Depression & Anxiety

Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we experience at different stages and transitions in our lives. Through Expressive Arts Therapy, you will strengthen your ability to adjust to change as you recover your motivation, perspective and joy. You will  rediscover what inspires you most.

Trauma, Assault & PTSD

Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger from traumatic events. Expressive Arts Therapy can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing through the exploration of multiple arts disciplines.

Families & Relationships

Relationship therapy can be beneficial to couples and families who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection. Expressive Arts Therapy sessions are a supportive place to work through obstacles and to find imaginative solutions to challenges. You can strengthen your relationships and your creativity with the people you care about most.    

Contact Information and Location

Expressive Arts Therapy is Here for You!

Please contact me for a free consultation. 

Appointments can be made by phone or email. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911. If you have been sexually assaulted, get help 24/7 at The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or at RAINN.org. If you are having suicidal thoughts, get help 24/7 at The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Elizabeth Tobias, MA, Expressive Arts Therapist

7445 Girard Avenue #5, La Jolla, California 92037, United States

(858)771-6789