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For 44 years...

…we have served young people, adults, couples, and families in facing their unique challenges and exploring all the possibilities life offers.

Mental health comes in many colors.

Each and every one of us is a rainbow.

Executive Director Judy Weber-Israel and Tobin Weber
Judy's dream for Tobin became a reality and a lifeline for thousands of students and their families.
Tobinworld grew to include a multi-campus school, mental health clinic, fund-raising gift shop, and an innovative vocational training program.
Now in its fifth decade, Tobinworld continues to provide mental health therapy and support to the Los Angeles community.
In our new Pasadena location, we offer telehealth options as well as professional, compassionate in-person sessions in a comfortable and secure private environment.

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who we are

who we are

In 1977, something remarkable began. Judith Weber was searching for inventive solutions to an overwhelming challenge: providing a relevant and effective education for her severely autistic son, Tobin. Her efforts and successes attracted the support of other parents and of the school district, who urged her to start a new school. Tobinworld was born, and for over 40 years served the needs of up to 300 emotionally disturbed, autistic or developmentally disabled students a year.

In 2003, Tobinworld expanded its charter to open a non-profit community-based mental health clinic, treating children and adolescents struggling with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges and supporting their families in meeting these challenges. We assist youth ages 5 to 21 in developing the skills and behaviors that support a happy and productive life.

We believe that parents and caregivers play a vital role in improving the lives of their children and view them as an essential part of our treatment team.
What we offer

What We Offer

Community-Based Services

Discover the possibilities of a well-lived life

Tobinworld’s objectives for this program include:

  • achieving the youth’s and family’s goals/desired results
  • a significant reduction or elimination of symptoms
  • restoration or maintenance of functioning consistent with the requirement for learning, development, independent living, and enhanced self-sufficiency
  • improvement in the emotional, social, and/or the academic functioning of their clients;
  • improvement in their family’s functioning
  • improvement in parenting skills, household management, accessibility to community resources, and family unity
  • assisting each youth to be served in the least restrictive environment as is possible
  • assisting the youth and family in assessing their needs for and acquiring access to medical, educational, recreational, social, prevocational, rehabilitative, and other community services necessary for the youth and family to meet their needs and enable the youth to function at his/her residence, school, and community
Evidence Based Practices
Plan Development
Targeted Case Management
Medication Management
Crisis Intervention Services
Therapeutic Behavioral Services

Initial DMH Child/Adolescent assessment, annual assessments, DSM IV diagnosis, GAF, clinical interview, and other standardized testing instruments including psychological testing.


A thorough appraisal of the youth’s functioning in their residence, school and community settings; includes health status, social support systems and daily activities.


Individual, group and family therapy, which focus on symptom reduction and behavioral  changes as a means to improve functional impairments.  When substance abuse is an issue, substance abuse education and counseling might be offered, and when appropriate linkage to a substance abuse program.  Collateral contacts will be an important element of this service.

Evidence Based Practices

Seeking Safety, MAP (Managing and Adapting Practice), TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and PPP (Positive Parenting Program).


These services include assistance in restoring or maintaining functional daily living skills, social skills, grooming and personal hygiene, medication compliance and education, and support services; counseling for the youth and family members; training in leisure time activities; and substance abuse counseling/education for the youth and/or family members.

Plan Development

The development of coordination plans and service plans; approval of coordination and service plans; utilization review/verification of medical necessity; and monitoring of progress.

Targeted Case Management

Communication, coordination and referral between the program and other service agencies; monitoring service delivery to ensure the client’s access to service and the service delivery system; monitoring of the client’s progress and plan development.

Medication Management

Evaluation for the need for medication; evaluation of the clinical effectiveness and possible side effects of medication; obtaining informed consent; medication education; dispensing and administering of psychiatric medication (this may be done by the psychiatrist or a nurse); at least monthly follow-up for patients prescribed medication.  Each psychiatrist will participate in clinical reviews and consultations with staff.

Crisis Intervention Services

A service lasting less than 24 hours to or on behalf of a client for a condition that requires a more timely response than a regularly scheduled visit, with the focus on preventing loss of placement, school suspension or expulsion, hospitalization, and/or incarceration

Therapeutic Behavioral Services

An intensive one-to-one, short-term outpatient treatment intervention for children and youth with serious emotional disturbance, who are experiencing a stressful transition or life crisis and need additional short-term support to prevent placement in a group home of Rate Classification Level (RCL) - 12 through 14 or a locked facility for the treatment of mental health needs, including acute care; or to enable a transition from any of those levels to a lower level of residential care.

Private Healthcare

A diagnosis is not a verdict. It is a direction home.

In 2020, Tobinworld expanded its mental health services and now accepts many major insurance plans and all PPO insurance plans. We provide outpatient therapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families.  Our multi-disciplinary team of licensed mental health professionals are trained and experienced in treating a wide array of issues.

Our leadership team

Our leadership team

Judy Weber-Israel

Founder and Executive Director

Tracy Weber

Assistant Director

Janie Strasner

Director of Mental Health

Lori Berthelsen

Associate Director of Mental Health
Our therapy staff

Our therapy staff

Private Health Care Therapists

Mental health is not about fixing what is broken--it is about growing what is possible

Sunset Cordero LMFT, ATR

Sunset is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Art Therapist.  She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and young adults.

Steve Hochstadt PsyD

Steve is a licensed Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with children and adolescents and as an administrator of a large mental health clinic.  Steve spends much of his professional life supervising beginning therapists and para-professionals.

Nathan Howe LMFT

Nate is a licensed, bilingual (Spanish-speaking) therapist. Nate has more than 10 years experience working with dually diagnosed clients with Developmental Disorders and/or Substance Abuse. Nate also provides services to Tobinworld’s Community Based Services clients.

Herson Mojica PsyD

Karen Huestis PhD

Karen is a licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience.  Karen has extensive experience working with trauma, and child sexual abuse.  Karen also runs our training program and has trained and supervised therapists for most of her career.

Janie Strasner PhD

Janie has been a Licensed Psychologist in California since 1991, with training and expertise in treatment of anxiety, depression, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, trauma and other mental health issues. Janie is trained in the evidence-based practices: trauma focused-CBT and CORS.

Priscilla Tejada LMFT

Priscilla is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive experience in hospital-based intensive outpatient programs, family counseling and behavioral therapy with students struggling with chronic mental illness. Priscilla professional skills are also available to Tobinworld’s Community Based Services clients.

Community Based Services Therapists

“The strongest people are those who win battles we know nothing about.” -Jonathan Harnisch, an artist and author who lives with schizophrenia

Colleen Celaya


Jacquelyn Green, MD

Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Nathan Howe


Michelle Ruiz


Paullette Rosette


Christina Viramontes

All staff involved with youth will adhere to all laws, regulations and policies regarding confidentiality, privacy, privilege, and reporting. Tobinworld is aware that they are part of a system of care and our community, including a community of service providers, and will maintain positive relationships with staff from other agencies, public and private.
Connect With Us

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170 S Oakland Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101