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Certified Cuddlist

Session Rate: $60 per hour

Chicago, IL

About Dwight

I love platonic touch. An encircling hug, holding hands, a calming cuddle. Nothing is more amazing to me than the comfort of lying beside someone and breathing together. I have always been drawn to healing and wellness. Back in the day, I participated in encounter groups, went to a shyness clinic when I was struggling with social phobia, have been part of massage groups & anxiety support groups.  Am striving for a more peaceful world thru individual happiness.

(Pronouns:  He, Him.)  I am open to cuddling people of any gender or orientation. We all need to be held, and to hold.

My clients seek out cuddle sessions with me for a range of reasons. Here are some scenarios. A gay man hasn’t cuddled anyone affectionately for years due to frustration with online dating and hookups.  A woman who works in scientific research is struggling to mourn the death of a family member and hopes that being held can give her closure.   A man who’s been happily married for decades to a woman and raised a family, has a near-death experience that compels him to explore his feelings for men. A young college student majoring in psychology is forever studying and discovers her touch needs have gone unmet.


My clients are wonderful, brave and pro-active about getting their needs meet. Their ages range from 20 to 70, of all ethnicities. They are single, partnered, divorced; male and female. They include mothers, businessmen, psychiatrists, college students, social workers, husbands, wives. Sometimes they cuddle with me to try to resolve a particular challenge or problem.  Sometimes they just miss the fun and affection of cuddling with another human, lying side by side and staring at the ceiling, breathing in sync with someone as they spoon. Why should partnered people have all the fun?



Recent Reviews

“I am a single mom raising a child.  Sometimes I just need more me time.  Dwight was a good listener and made me feel very comfortable. Cuddling with him was fun.”     Laura, Single Mom & Creative Artist  


“He was wonderful and just the right person for my introduction to cuddling.  I felt so comfortable with him.  He was very caring and respectful.  I felt like I was spending time with a long-time friend. What can I say? I love cuddling with the guy.”     Joe, Questioning Husband & Repeat Cuddlist Client       

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“Dwight was a wonderful facilitator for cuddling.  I can easily feel threatened by people especially in vulnerable situations.  His gentle and open nature made me feel safe to be myself. Thanks again for giving me such a huge experience of positive touch.”     Nora, Psychotherapist wanting to feel cared for


“I used to have a partner but no longer, and I haven’t dated in years.  I just missed holding someone and being held! Dwight provided me just the comfort I was seeking. And he’s a good listener.”     Roy, Single Gay Man seeking platonic affection


In my hugging and cuddling, I strive to express unconditional love and empathy for all people, and to give my partner my attention and my engagement. I work in the nonprofit world, design cool websites, and write sci-fi novels.  If you’re not sure you’re ready to book a cuddle session just yet, feel free to ask me a question or two.  Press “Request a Session.” I look forward to answering! Or just take a leap of faith and make a booking with me.  My cuddling site tells you more:  http://dwightcuddles.weebly.com/


Session information from Dwight

We can cuddle on either the futon or the bed, whichever you prefer. Optional amenities: If you like, I can prepare the space with gently fragrant essential oils.  Soothing music can play from my portable Bose speaker with various playlists (from gentle alternative pop to Gregorian chants, or suggest something! ).  I have a book called The Cuddle Sutra which depicts various cuddle positions. A long embrace, spooning, face to face, head on chest, just breathing together side by side, holding hands, talking, not talking, laughing.  Or you can read a book or work on your laptop or watch TV — while I simply hold you.   All these things are options.

Whether in private cuddling or group cuddling, I’m interested in how we humans can find better ways to get our intimacy needs met. We live in a stressed-out, plugged in world. As a cuddler, I hope to pave the way for a more inhabitable, cozy world by using whatever abilities I have. Our time together can and should be an oasis.  At times I can hold your head gently in my hands to calm your mind as worries melt away. Or I can do a light neck/back rub since we all carry tension from sitting and working at our computers.


MY CURRENT RATES ARE LOWERED TO MAKE THE EXPERIENCE MORE ACCESSIBLE.                                  Instead of the standard rate of $80 per hour — my rate is $60 per hour.  

* * * NOW OFFERING “THE STARTER CUDDLE” which is 30 minutes for $30!  * * *         

30 minutes for $30

60 minutes for $60

90 minutes for $90

120 minutes for $120   

(You can pre-pay using Paypal, or pay in cash with exact change on the day of our session.)

CANCELLATION FEE:  When I book with a client, I prepare my mind spiritually and my cuddle space physically for the person. So if you need to cancel, please give 24 hours notice. If you cancel less than 24 hours prior, you are expected to pay the full fee. I can accept by Paypal or Chase Quickpay.

I believe cuddling is an inalienable right for all humans whether they are partnered or single.

Skills & Specialties

Good listening & conversing skills empathy a sense of humor optimism informed by a view of the universe as a fair and welcoming place.


Contact for best days & times. Please book at least one week in advance. And be available for a phone chat.