About the Author

Beginning in 1996, I started writing a book about the interface between attachment research and spiritual life. After six or seven attempts I realized it was never going to be finished. 

I recently said to myself, "Just write a summary and call it good. Create a note-in-a-bottle and put it out in the world with no clue who might find it."

Thanks for finding it.


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Kent Hoffman received his doctorate in 1975 from the Claremont Graduate School of Theology, focusing on the interface between psychological crisis and struggles within relationship. In 1991 he received post-doctoral certification in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Masterson Institute in New York City. Kent has worked with psychiatric patients in prison, individuals with terminal cancer, survivors of sexual abuse, and the homeless on the streets of Los Angeles and Spokane. He also maintains a private practice.

Along with his colleagues Bert Powell and Glen Cooper, Kent co-founded Circle of Security® International. Based upon their decades of research with at-risk parents, they currently teach their clinical approach to professionals around the world. 

Kent and his colleagues received the Governor’s Child Abuse Prevention Award in Washington State and the 2013 Bowlby-Ainsworth Award for early intervention. They have published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles on attachment intervention and recently published The Circle of Security Intervention (2013, Guilford Press). They are currently writing a book for parents.

Kent has been a clinical consultant for attachment interventions at the University of Virginia, University of Maryland, Tulane University, and Queensland University of Technology. One of his great joys has been teaching Psychology of Intimacy at Gonzaga University.

Kent is co-author of the bestselling “Raising a Secure Child” (Guilford Press, 2017) available in bookstores and online.

As a practitioner of Zen mindfulness meditation and Christian contemplative practices over the past 45+ years, Kent is continually seeking an integration of psychological need and spiritual practice. 

Kent and his wife Kim live in the hills outside of Spokane, Washington. Their son Kai farms in the San Juan Islands, off the coast of Washington.

Kent welcomes your responses to this website. He can be reached at kenthoffman1422@comcast.net.


I would like to speak my deep gratitude to my spiritual and psychological mentors: Allan Hunter, Willis Fisher, Frank Kimper, Robert Aitken, Joko Beck, Veronique Geeroms, Luzia Krull, David Steindl-Rast, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ralph Klein, Bert Powell, Glen Cooper, Jude Cassidy, James Masterson, Deanda Roberts, and Robert Baxley.

My appreciation to Priscilla Butler for her help in bringing these pages to a more coherent form. My gratitude to Kai Hoffman-Krull for his guidance in several earlier iterations of this writing and his insistence that I find an accessible way to get this perspective into the world.

My ongoing gratitude to my clients and the remarkable young parents I've worked with through the years. To say that I've learned from each of you would be a stunning understatement.

Without each of you, my life would have been vastly different; with each of you, my life remains vastly different.

Presence indeed. 

An eternal bow to each and all of you. 

For Kim: You are how the fractal emerges . . . daily. Enough said.