Vicki Panagotacos
Most Recent Book Title
Gaining Traction: Starting over after the death of a life partner
Book Description
Book is appropriate after the first months of raw grief have past.

Based on her long-running class, Gaining Traction, grief counselor Vicki Panagotacos delivers a step-by-step program that will open your eyes. With her trademark delivery, Panagotacos helps you think clearly about what you want—and don’t want—as you move forward after loss. Tapping into personal stories straight from her classroom backed by research that shows what secretly drives many of our decisions, Panagotacos gets you emotionally on board to go after the life you deserve.

So, if you have a busy calendar but little joy… if you’re constantly second-guessing yourself…if the thought of another relationship makes you cringe—by book’s end you will:
• have the tools to harness anxiety and deal with uncertainty,
• be ready to commit to experiences not previously considered, and
• know when to say “yes” or “no” to that new relationship.
Location (city/state/country)
Aptos CA
Author bio
Vicki Panagotacos, PhD, FT, is a grief and loss counselor and life transition coach in Northern CA. She is also an ADEC Fellow in Thanatology. In addition to her blog,, Vicki contributed the chapter “Defining and Envisioning Self” in Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved (edited by Robert Niemeyer) and authored Effect of Multigenerational Family and Social Systems on Meaning-Making. More about the author is available at the end of the book.

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