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

Safe and nurturing healing through the arts

Welcome to Elizabeth Tobias Expressive Arts

what are the benefits of expressive arts?

Expressive Art Therapy 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, Master Artist, Educator and Community Organizer. She offers a unique approach to the therapeutic process, one that is fun and artful for all ages.

She is a specialist in Social Emotional Artistic Learning and works to build stronger, more  creative and resilient children, families and communities. She integrates therapeutic arts, mindfulness and meditation into her work to provide clients with comprehensive mind-body healing experiences. As an accomplished contemporary artist, Elizabeth draws upon multiple art discplines. She works with schools, museums and non-profits to create customized programs, performances, workshops and events. 


She is the recipient of numerous awards and has exhibited her films and work at museums and galleries throughout the world.  She received her MA in Spiritual Psychology from The University of Santa Monica 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 combat climate change. In 2012, she earned a Durfee ARC Grant for The Cupcake Project, a traveling exhibit about the hunger epidemic in America, which was featured at The Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University. and Utah MOCA. She develops most of her projects in collaboration with Los Angeles Art Association

 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 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, you will strengthen your resilience and your ability to adjust to change as you recover your motivation, perspective and joy. You will rediscover what inspires you most.


Trauma, Assault & PTSD

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)  can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault. Experiencing physical and emotional trauma can lead to overwhelming anxiety, sadness, anger, fear and hopelessness. Expressive Arts is a safe and comforting modality that can help you find relief from these symptoms through the exploration of multiple arts disciplines including poetry, movement and more.  You will strengthen your resilience and your ability to use your creativity as a resource as you recover your joy, motivation, and inspiration.


Families & Relationships

Relationship therapy can be beneficial to couples and families who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection. Expressive Arts  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 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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