Roxanne Grobbel transitioned away from a successful career as a practicing attorney to pursue her true passion: helping first responders recover from the trauma they experience every day.
Roxanne grew up around police, firefighters and others who worked in public safety, and she understands the culture well.
“First responders often have difficulty seeking help,” she said. “While things are changing, the workplace still does not always encourage them to do so. That’s why it is so important to provide a safe, judgment-free space where the real work of recovery can begin.”
Roxanne is the Clinical Director at The 11th Hour Trauma Retreat. Specializing in retreats run by licensed therapists over a series of days, The 11th Hour offers veterans and first responders a chance to jumpstart the healing process, overcome isolation, reclaim their lives and continue their careers. The 11th Hour now serves the Employee Assistance Program at one of the largest fire departments in the country.
Roxanne studied psychology at the University of Michigan and earned a master’s degree in clinical social work at Florida Atlantic University. For the last two decades, she has helped educate clinicians on the impact of trauma and the most effective treatment. She specializes in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), addiction, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, and other trauma-related problems. She is an expert in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and teaches therapists across the nation.
Earlier in her career, Roxanne developed an award-winning trauma program for at-risk children. As a licensed therapist and an educator, she focused much of her early work on young people, winning multiple awards, and authoring chapters on trauma in several books. It’s all experience that helps when treating adults.
“The trauma experienced by first responders often extends far beyond the job,” she said. “Often, we see an accumulation of traumatic events that can extend back to childhood. That’s why it is important to treat the whole person, rather than focusing on one event or a single symptom. When we look at people holistically, we can bring about healing.”
In 2016, Roxanne received the Florida Viola Brody Award as outstanding play therapist by the Florida Association for Play Therapy and Social Work Educator of the Year from NASW-FL Palm Beach Roxanne coauthored a chapter, “Play Therapy Techniques with Very Young At-Risk Children in Child Care Settings” for a book edited by Charles Schaefer and published in 2008. She published a chapter, The use of Nurturing Restraint with Aggressive Children, in Touch in Child Counseling and Play Therapy: An Ethical Guide, Janet Courtney and Robert Nolan. She recently submitted a chapter, EMDR and Play Therapy Techniques for the young child. Roxanne received her law degree from Wayne State University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Florida Atlantic University.