Working with Dr. Stone to address some lingering trauma and fear associated with it has been the most insightful experience, that quite literally, felt like a real hug! Dr Stone's manner in working with his clients is generous, kind, inquisitive without probing. He feels like he is a wise, kind, sage who aligns with you exactly where you are, takes your hand and says, "I will guide you, help you and walk with you until you feel able to step back into your power again, and walk alone." He gets to the root of your thoughts, feelings and fears and presents simple to follow, constructive ways for you to heal, that are unique to you and your needs. I don't think I've ever worked with anyone who has been able to remove the veil of my self-imposed limitations, and helped me to see the sunshine again so quickly. Dr. Stone was able to rekindle the fire of hope, trust and vision that I had let begin to burn out, and that is a powerful blessing and gift.
In the midst of a book coaching session for Stone’s book, we switched roles, and he became the coach. It was unexpected and casual, but that’s what made it so effective. It was just a conversation, really, but one focused on my issue, not his book. Funny, how coaches slip so naturally into their roles. The thing about emotion is that it throws your perspective all out of whack. A good coach can diffuse those feelings and help you see your situation clearly and logically. He asks probing questions; he offers options; he summarizes what he heard, and he reminds you that you always have choices. That doesn’t sound very complicated, but it isn’t something we can do for ourselves when emotion clouds our view. That’s exactly what Stone did in our spontaneous coaching session: He helped me identify the problem, see the possible ways to solve it, and choose the one that felt right for me. That is skillful coaching.
I slowed down and spent quality time with my family I didn’t even know I was missing. “I never would have hugged my son for 21 seconds and now all of our hugs are longer.
Thanks to Stone!After actually meeting Stone for the first time, my life has not only been infused with new possibilities and brave new approaches but has also been framed by a hug. I thought the life change I experienced from that day on was because of the extended hug he gave me. Yet, I came to realize that what he gave me was not just a literal hug in that moment in time. What he gave me was a part of the universal that stands forever waiting for us to become a part of it as we embark on each day—the hug of touching others and all that life has to offer! And, yes, it was an extended embrace! Any time spent with Stone is full of empathetic and insightful instruction that comes from a place of love of others and pure passion for his mission.
I have had the privilege of knowing Dr. Stone in multiple capacities, both during his tenure at Washington university's St. Louis' Student Health Services and as an outstanding private practitioner and life coach. His innovative, authentic approach to helping people understand and maximize their unlimited potential put him in a league of his own. Dr. Stone empowers his clients to co-create abundance and excellence in their lives, but beyond his professional role, he serves as a catalyst for growth in the lives of everyone he meets.
What Doctor K has gifted to me is a lens through which to view my world.
To speak openly and honestly from a place of love about the challenges (and opportunities!) that arise in relationships – familial, romantic, platonic, work-related, and especially with ourselves – that’s what Stone holds a space for with me every time we meet, and I’m so grateful for it. Whether we’re talking about sex, sexuality, race, privilege, identity, fear, desire…I could go on…it feels like Stone is willing and ready to both listen and respond with actions for potential paths forward, as well as useful insights. And that’s not to say that we always get it right -- or that "getting it right" is even necessarily our goal...what I know is that I trust Stone with the way we work together.
Coming from an athletic background, I've had a lot of coaches and yet the concept of a life coach still feels new to me. There’s a realness and a flexibility that I cherish in his coaching-- and a willingness to open up about his journey, too. As we continue to grow, I’m so excited about and honored by the way we connect.
How can a Hugging Journey help you?
- 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