Hilary Russo

Certified Practitioner since May 2019

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Connection and trust are everything. Hilary believes you have the ability to change the story you are telling yourself, rewrite the narrative and put the power of emotional well-being in your own hands so that you can "be kind to your mind".

Hilary often works with purpose driven professionals who don’t feel empowered and are confronted with emotional upsets in life. By using Havening Techniques®, her three pillar process is to retrain, restore and revive you to your resilient self and get you out of your own head! 

She is one of the first 150 Certified Havening Techniques® Practitioners in the United States and 500 in the world.  She has offices in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. Virtual sessions are also available. She was recently recognized by Brainz Magazine as one of the "Global 500" of 2020; an honor given to 500 Companies, Entrepreneurs, Influential Leaders and Small Business Owners recognized for their entrepreneurial success, achievements or dedication to help others around the world. 

Through her own healing journey, she explored a number of options with hopes of restoring her own health and emotional well-being.  It wasn't until she was introduced to Havening during an introductory workshop that her spark and resilience returned.  Hilary volunteered for a demo with Havening Techniques founder Dr. Ron Ruden and the rest is history!

Her blend of work in the health/wellness field and media has given Hilary a chance to truly connect with people on a much deeper level. She is used to holding space for stories to be told. But changing the narrative and  creating a safe haven to explore is where the real healing begins. A great coach/practitioner sees in you what you sometimes can’t see in yourself. There is laughter in the lessons and humor in the healing. Together with Hilary, you'll find that and more. 

Hilary considers it a gift to hold that space for others on their healing journeys and says it is often the place where the heart opens and allow the best and most beautiful part of ourselves to thrive.  

In addition to being a certified Havening Techniques® practitioner, Hilary is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and is currently getting certified in Hypnotherapy. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology. Hilary is also an award-winning college professor at St. John’s University in New York where she teaches on-camera presentation, journalism and broadcasting. While inspires her students to become confident and compassionate journalists/presenters, she also challenges them to tackle common fears and anxieties that come with public speaking and performing. Hilary is also a university faculty advisor at the University and volunteers with a therapeutic horseback riding program for special needs children. 

She's an award-winning journalist/producer focusing on healthy living. She currently hosts “Healthy Communities News”, a program produced by CVSHealth where she travels the county highlighting empowering stories of neighborhoods tackling health challenges and finding innovative solutions. Hilary can be seen regularly on the live-streaming fitness show Daily Burn 365 and has appeared nationally as a host and guest expert on QVC, PBS and on various TV & radio stations around the United States. 

Want more? Tune into her weekly podcast“HIListically Speaking,”(available on all podcast platforms); an empowering place with guests of varied expertise exploring self-awareness, self-love and their own transformations from trauma to triumph through health, healing and humor.  Just one more way to "be kind to your mind". 

She looks forward to helping you find the light and laughter and own your story with confidence, clarity and courage!

Areas of specialization

Food addiction, Anger management, Anxiety, Panic attacks, Phobias, Eating disorders, Exam nerves, Low self-confidence, Low self-esteem, Obsessions and compulsions, Pain management, Public speaking, Relationship issues, Relaxation, Sports performance, Stress, Stuttering, Weight loss, Grief, Interview Nerves, Unusual tendencies, Self-Belief, Self-Development, Shyness, Belief Creation, Confidence, Empowerment, Weight, Bereavement


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ROOT WORK with HIListically Speaking Health Coach & Healer Hilary Russo
Empowering you in the new year to get to the root of things. On this live TV segment, I share a number of ways to dig deep and listen to yourself on ways to heal, grow and live your best life by practicing mindfulness, gratitude, empathy and resonance. I also share a brief introduction to Havening Techniques, a healing modality I'm certified in that helps alter your mood, behavior and thoughts though touch and pleasant distraction. I've used these practices in my own healing and I'm elated to share them with you. HIListically Speaking
Self Havening for Stress Management on WTNH-TV
Certified Havening Techniques Practitioner Hilary Russo shares with Good Morning Connecticut about stress management by putting the power in your own hands through Self-Havening. This self-soothing tool incorporates the Havening Touch and pleasant distraction to be kind to your mind and alter your thoughts, moods and behavior when upsets arise. April is Stress Awareness Month and with the uncertainty in the world there is no better time to learn new ways to live well.
Self-Havening is the Ultimate in Self-Care
Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Havening Techniques Practitioner and Health/Wellness Expert Hilary Russo shared some tiny rituals and self-love tips on how to "be kind to your mind". Including a look at how Self-Havening can help you bring a sense of calm when those tiny upsets that arise. And there are many! Whether it's woes from working from home or home-schooling or not finding the time to take care of self, this one neuroscience-based approach can be the little getaway puts the power of emotional well-being in your own hands. For deeper work and if you're ready to transform your traumas to triumphs, contact Hilary to set up a free Discovery Call and learn more about Havening Techniques.
Havening and Gratitude
As a Certified Havening Techniques Practitioner and Health Coach, I'm sharing a short Intro to Self-Havening demo with you about how gratitude and Havening can help put the power of emotional wellness into your own hands. If you're ready to kick your stories to the curb and write a new narrative, contact me and book a free Discovery Session. It's time to Be Kind to Your Mind.
The Power of Self-Talk
No doubt, 2020 has presented us with a lot of challenges. So how do you keep a positive mindset and turn our focus from fear to excitement in 2021? Plus, kick those negative feelings to the curb? SELF TALK! HIListically Speaking's Certified Holistic Health Coach and Certified Havening Techniques Practitioner Hilary Russo shared some great mental tips on WTNH Good Morning CT to help you be kind to your mind.
What's Havening?
Don’t worry, you’re not the only one that has asked me this question.? ?In this short video I share more about this amazing neuroscience based modality that I not only use in my practice with clients, but on myself…and often. Havening can be used to calm the mind from life’s every day upsets. ? But also, when feelings associated with stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, PTSD, chronic pain, insomnia and more arise, know that you are supported with an unbelievable tool that changes the landscape of the brain. ?Come and discover how you can put the power of your active emotional well-being in your own hands and be kind your mind with the healing power of Havening. HIListically Speaking, it’s what I call Brain Candy! ? I offer complimentary Discovery Calls to ask questions and learn more about how you can use Havening in your own life.to take a powerful step by investing in yourself.?


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My Attitude to Public Speaking Has Transformed

Three Havening sessions with Hilary were all it took to allay my fears of being interviewed Live on Facebook by one of my heroes, who has a global platform. Beyond allaying fears and instilling confidence, the practical advice was also invaluable! My attitude to Public Speaking has transformed, and I totally recommend Hilary as a Havening Techniques Practitioner! "? Margaret P. - UK
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Hilary is a Gifted Healer and Held Space for Me

I was open to Havening because I have already had experiences with alternative healing treatments in my past like reiki. With Havening, Hilary helped me with my stress I was dealing with at the time helping me manage my stress and anxiety levels during our sessions. It was a great addition to my own self-care routines with the current circumstances that I am still working though with improved ease. Hilary is a gifted healer who held space for me with confidentiality with the obstacles I am working through with Havening. She was mindful about punctuality and keeping track of the time during our session which I also really appreciated.?
Hilary D. - New York
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I Found Confidence, Control and Clarity with Hilary

I recommend Havening, especially with Hilary. Her sensitivity to one’s emotions was so helpful. It’s such a powerful form of therapy. Being able to let go of my traumas and finding the confidence, control and clarity I was looking has me so grateful and relieved. Thank you, Hilary.? Jillian S. - New York
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From Hurt and Anger to Light and Calm

A painful breakup and a toxic professional situation left me with so much hurt, anger and resentment that I ended up depressed and unable to move forward in my life. Havening sessions with Hilary have made a huge difference. Even from the first one, I felt lighter and calmer than I had in months. I am so grateful to her and this is certainly something I will continue doing. She's the best!?
Suzanne G. - France
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You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Embracing a new theology is not easy fora senior citizen. We are old dogs who find it difficult to learn new tricks. Once I decided to experience this holistic healing process, I was hooked. Hilary is an compassionate artist with the Havening gift that comes from the heart. My issues appear to be gone and the ghosts of the past are being whittled away, one by one.? Beverly T. - Connecticut ?
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She Creates a Safe and Trusting Place In Person and Online

I’ve had a chance to work with Hilary both in person and virtually. Even online I feel like she’s “in the room” and always creates a safe and trusting space. Havening with Hilary is something I wish I had years ago to take control of the stories I have been telling myself. And see the humor in the healing! She’s amazing. - Beth, NJ
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A Wonderful Way to Share Self-Care with My Child

My daughter and I attended one of Hilary’s online group Havening sessions. What a beautiful way to introduce my child to self-care. We loved Hilary’s thoughtful approach and now Self-Haven regularly. -Caroline T. - North Carolina
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Focus & Calm Restored in the Classroom and Beyond

I have had severe ADHD so mind focus was extremely hard for me. However, once Professor Russo showed us how simple Havening was, my stress level went down and I was able to focus on what I had to do without being anxious. These techniques are a great help with anyone who can deal with stress and anxiety. I highly recommend her sessions.? Martin S. - New York?
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Just the Right Approach

Havening is by its nature a calm and gentle healing modality. Hilary's personality, knowledge and skill provide just the right approach for me to learn and use Havening. - Merle Y., CT
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I am thriving in life

Through this journey my life has completely changed for the better. I feel as I am thriving in life and with Havening I am able to manage my anxiety that has negatively affected me in the past. Hilary is such a blessing in my life and with her help I feel I can do anything! ~Jessie D., New Jersey
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New York, NY 10033
Manchester, CT 06042
Englewood, NJ 07631