The Surgery Coach

Hearing the words, “You have to have surgery” can be a frightening experience. But you don’t have to face it alone.  As your surgery coach, I will assist and guide you on the best way to prepare for surgery by learning mind-body techniques to reduce stress before surgery, use less pain medication and heal faster.

As a certified life coach, certified clinical hypnotherapist, and certified in Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster™ workshop, I will help you become a more relaxed and empowered patient through research proven mind-body techniques.  Hundreds of research studies have documented that people who prepare for surgery have less pain, fewer complications, take less pain meds and recover faster.

The five-step Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Program™ developed by Huddleston allows individuals to start the healing process by decreasing stress and developing a more positive attitude before, during and after surgery.

My inspiration to help others prepare for surgery was my own experience undergoing a total hip replacement. My “aha” moment came after reading Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster – a Guide to Body Mind Techniques by Huddleston. I followed the five-step mind-body program using visualization and healing statements among other empowering techniques. I not only felt peaceful and empowered before surgery, I used very little pain medication following surgery and recovered quickly. My surgeon and his staff were stunned at my quick recovery. I was so excited about my experience that I became certified in the Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster ™ program.

With this mind-body approach, I will guide you to enhance your healing as you prepare for any type of minor or major surgery or medical or dental procedure. 

Services are done on the Internet, phone or in-person:

  • Pre-surgery – Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster Workshop™. The book, Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster by Peggy Huddleston and its companion mp3 or CD must be purchased.
  • Other workshops based on Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster 5-step program include:
    • Reduce AnxietyHeadaches and Migraines™
    • Lesson Chronic Pain and Speed Healing™
    • Lesson Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation™
  • Assistance with surgeon selection.
  • Personal coaching and/or hypnotherapy/EFT before or after surgery.

To learn more about how Bela can help you prepare for your upcoming surgery, medical or dental procedure, call 503-939-2269 or email at today for a free 30-minute consultation. You can also check out our new Recover Faster website and Facebook page.

Additional Resources

If you’ve never had surgery, here is some good information from John Hopkins.

You may also want to read this overview of What Happens in Surgery from WebMD.


Bela’s compassion and expertise put me at ease and prepared me for the biggest challenge of my life, brain surgery. I am grateful for her support and the incredible gift she shares. I recommend her program to anyone who is emotionally struggling with an upcoming surgery or procedure.


Bela Friedman is a gifted hypnotherapist and life coach. I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in her monthly inspiring women’s circles. Her desire to help each person on their unique life journey, her beautiful soothing voice, and creative interactions are quite encouraging. 

It had been decades since I had a surgical procedure. Having tried virtually every alternative with little or no success to address my bone on bone arthritic knees, I succumbed to western medicine’s go-to, a complete knee replacement. Prior to her recent hip surgery, Bela discovered Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery, Heal Fast book and program. When she raved about how it had helped her sail through surgery and truly heal rapidly, I was instantly interested. I immediately purchased the book and started listening to the audio meditation tape. Bela was training to become certified in Huddleston’s innovative program and helped guide me through the various aspects of preparation for my surgery. It definitely made a significant difference for me. I feel that my smooth surgery and recovery were largely due to Bela’s sincere coaching and the heal fast program.

My husband is facing a delicate surgical procedure now and is following the heal fast protocol with Bela’s support. He is so calm about the pending surgery and totally confident about a successful outcome. I am certain that his positive approach is due in large part to Bela’s coaching and the heal fast program she is now certified in.

Bela Friedman would be my choice as a life coach/hypnotherapist for any major juncture in life that came my way. Her dedication and skill are exemplary. I highly recommend her without the slightest reservation.


Thank you for making this workshop available to us.  Bela was so gracious and encouraging during our session. She has a lovely, comforting voice to listen to and is confident, knowledgeable and thorough.  I’m sure Bela will help many others facing surgery with her abilities leading them though this valuable process.  I highly recommend Bela and the Be Prepared for Surgery workshop for anyone facing surgery.