Dawn Marie Loerch grew up in the greater Los Angeles area and earned a B.A. in Political Science from UCSD. After teaching ESL in Japan for a year, she worked as a residential counselor at Happy Valley School, now Besant Hill School in Ojai, CA. As her interest in tending the inner life grew, Dawn decided to pursue graduate studies in psychology. She made the Northwest her home in 1991 after falling in love with the majestic beauty of the area where she earned an M.A. in Existential-Phenomenological Psychology from Seattle University in 1996. Dawn has been in fulltime private practice as a depth psychotherapist for over ten years. She is a doctoral candidate in the Depth Psychology program with a specialization in Somatic Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where her loves of psychology, yoga, and Jung have found a home. Dawn takes great joy in cultivating connections and hopes to build a stronger network for Pacifica alumni in the Northwest region that can provide a community of support to nourish our hearts and souls.