Swedish Medical Center Relaxation Therapist in Seattle, Washington


Swedish is looking for a Relaxation Therapist (1.0 FTE, Days) to work for the Pain Services Department at Swedish First Hill in Seattle, WA.

The Relaxation Therapist provides direct care to patients, helping them identify the circumstances that trigger dysregulation of the nervous system and correct this dysregulation through activities that calm the sympathetic response and restore parasympathetic tone. By working with patients to draw clear connections between personal nervous system dysregulation and persistent pain, the therapist leads patients to discover coping skills that best address their specific symptoms.

In this position you will:

  • Maintains knowledge of current evidence-based practices and research in the field of psychophysiology, and works with the team to develop current programs by incorporating this knowledge.

  • Educate newly admitted patients to the Functional Restoration Pain Program (s) on the benefits of relaxation training for chronic pain.

  • Works with patients to identify clear connections between their personal nervous system dysregulation and their perception of pain based on assessment and treatment team conference.


Required qualifications for this position include:

  • Master’s level degree in Behavioral Sciences or related field (counseling, psychology, social work)

  • Mental health counselor license by the state is required.

  • Mental health counselor license by the state or Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker by the state is required

  • Board Certification in Biofeedback issued by Biofeedback Certification International Alliance must be obtained within 8 months of hire.

  • 1 years of direct patient contact working with patients with chronic illness, with some exposure to patients with chronic pain, is required. The candidate should have a strong interest in learning human anatomy, psychophysiology, pharmacological, and procedural intervention for chronic pain. management.

  • Ability to maintain current reporting, documentation, scheduling, and billing in accordance with professional standards, state and local guidelines, and reimbursement requirements.

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

  • Two years of direct contact working with patients with chronic pain as part of interdisciplinary treatment team, facilitating both individual and group therapy.

  • One year of direct patient contact using biofeedback specifically training patients with chronic pain to self- regulate autonomic dysfunctions involved in chronic pain conditions.

  • Knowledge of current evidence - based practices and research in the field of biofeedback training.

  • Fundamental knowledge of human anatomy and psychophysiology and of pharmacological interventions for chronic pain management.

  • Willingness to expand program beyond current capacities and coverage, including but not limited to, willingness to extend services to other sites and willingness to extend services to other modalities of relaxation therapy.

About the First Hill Campus

The 697-bed tertiary-care center on the Swedish/First Hill campus is the flagship of the Swedish health-care system. Swedish/First Hill has one of the most active and advanced birthing programs in Washington State and houses a Level III neonatal intensive-care unit. More surgeries are performed each year at Swedish/First Hill than at any other facility in the region; volumes include more total joint replacements than any other medical center in the state.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits — see our website for details


Our Mission

Our nonprofit Mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of each person we serve. Our Vision is to demonstrate the highest-quality, best-value healthcare to all we serve.

About Us

Swedish is the largest nonprofit health care provider in the greater Seattle area. It is comprised of five hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill, Ballard, Edmonds and Issaquah); ambulatory care centers in Redmond and Mill Creek; and Swedish Medical Group a network of more than 118 primary care and specialty locations throughout the Puget Sound. Swedish employs more than 13,300 employees and 3,100 physicians and allied health professionals. Whether through physician clinics, education, research and innovation or other outreach, we’re committed to caring for the people in our region and beyond. Swedish is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Swedish does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, protected veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Therapy & Therapy Support

Location: Washington-Seattle

Work Locations: First Hill Broadway 2 (WA143) 600 Broadway Seattle, 98122

Req ID: 201826