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

Safe and nurturing healing through the arts

Welcome to Elizabeth Tobias Expressive Arts

Welcome to Elizabeth Tobias Expressive Arts

Welcome to Elizabeth Tobias Expressive ArtsWelcome to Elizabeth Tobias Expressive ArtsWelcome to Elizabeth Tobias Expressive Arts

what are the benefits of expressive arts?

Expressive Art awakens the senses and the imagination through multiple arts disciplines


I create therapeutic art programs, performances, restorative workshops and community events for museums, galleries and arts organizations, as well as clinical settings and schools.  I work with a wide-range of clients including individuals, families and couples, teens and children on relationships and issues such as anxiety, depression and trauma.

Expressive Arts 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 participants greater potential for meaningful growth and lasting change.  The discipline was co- founded in the 1970's by Steve and Ellen Levine, Paolo Knill and Shaun McNiff as an art practice and art-based therapy. The philosophy of the Expressive Arts embraces an interdisciplinary approach to the arts, integrating indigenous healing systems with contemporary theories such as phenomenology, feminism, postmodernism and eco-aesthetics.

About Elizabeth Tobias, MA


Elizabeth Tobias, MA, is an Expressive Arts Therapist, Artist, Educator and Community Organizer. Elizabeth draws upon multiple art disciplines to create socially engaged immersive installations. As a facilitator and educator, she works with schools, museums and non-profits to create  Expressive Arts programs, performances, workshops and events. 

Elizabeth currently serves on the steering committee of Rising Arts Leaders, San Diego as well as The Arts+Culture San Diego Community Advisory Council. She is the recipient of numerous awards and has exhibited her films and work at museums and galleries throughout the world including Harvard University, Utah MOCA and Ping-Pong at Art Basel. She received her MA in Psychology from USM and her Professional Diploma from The Expressive Arts Institute. 

In 2019, Tobias received awards for her short documentary, "Survivor! 98 Second Stories, an advocacy project bringing awareness to the sexual assault epidemic. In 2014, she was awarded a Learning Innovation Fellowship from The National Science Foundation as part of a collaborative project to combine art and science to combat climate change. In 2012, she earned a Durfee ARC Grant for The Cupcake Project, a traveling exhibit about the hunger epidemic in America. 

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 Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, The Expressive Arts Foundation and Arts for Learning.

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 social emotional artistic learni


Personal Growth, Rediscovering Inspiration

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, you will strengthen your resilience and your ability to adjust to change as you recover your motivation, perspective and joy. Be supported in a safe, creative and healing practice as you rediscover what inspires you most.


Children and Adolescents, Self Discovery and Resilience

Being frustrated, hurt or disappointed isn't always easy to describe with words, but putting these feelings into works of art provides a safe framework for expressing emotions and developing self-awareness. Children and adolescents will develop self-esteem, flexibility, resilience, authenticity, and social-emotional growth through the practice of expressive arts.


Families & Relationships, Creatively Reconnecting

Relationship and Family Expressive Arts Therapy can be beneficial to couples and families who are looking to reconnect, de-stress and share joyful experiences.  The arts provide a safe, supportive and creative foundation for couples and families to work through issues and grow positive communication. 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 life-threatening emergency, please call 911. Safe, free and confidential support is available 24/7 at The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or at RAINN.org. The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233,  The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255), LGBT National Help Center 1-888-843-4564 and The Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386

Elizabeth Tobias, MA, Expressive Arts Therapist

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


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Expressive Arts Therapy, Community Art and Performance

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