The Man Behind the Hug:
Dr. Stone Kraushaar



The Hug Doctor, Stone Kraushaar is a firm believer that all people share a profound human connection.

He works with people ((in the space of a hug)) for them to focus in on what really matters to them and be more deeply connected with their friends, family and beyond.

Drawing on his academic and professional experience as a psychologist and a well-being coach, a nurturing and supportive family, and a passion for helping people live powerful lives, he sees relationships through the lens of hugging. To him, a hug, whether real or virtual, is a metaphor for knocking down walls and bringing people together. He has devoted his life to developing the skills, tools, and attitudes to become a world-class hugger.

Prior to launching the 21 day hugging movement, Stone spent eight years as a staff psychologist with the Student Health Services at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Before settling in St. Louis, he worked with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families in a group psychological practice.

Dr. Kraushaar graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Denver with his B.S. degree and also earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology at the University of Denver. His doctoral dissertation explored how effectively a heterosexual therapist can provide therapy for male couples. His American Psychological Association (APA)-approved psychology internship was at the UCSB Student Health Services at the University of California-Santa Barbara. He completed his post-doctoral work at Yale student health services.

He is currently working on the book ((HUG THERAPY)) A 21-Day Hugging Journey to Embracing Yourself, Your Life, and Everyone Around You.

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Coaching with Dr. Stone


    • Gain more confidence
    • Get clarity about loving yourself
    • Get a new lens through which to view the world
    • Increase freedom to enjoy the moment
    • Discover how to identify when you are being a victim and remembering you are a leader and it starts with leading yourself

Contact Dr. Stone for more information on his Coaching services.