Working with The Hug Doctor


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.

He offers coaching and mentoring to those who are seeking to live their lives from the most powerful source of intelligence – their heart.



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.

Just some of the results you can expect when working with Dr. K:


    • Gain more confidence and clarity
    • Ignite your heart’s greatest joy
    • Find passion in your purpose
    • Empower your inner leader and visionary
    • Meet your authentic self
    • Release pain, suffering and depression
    • Remove victim consciousness
    • Celebrate gratitude for all of life


The Man Behind the Hug



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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