Gaining Traction

Gaining Traction

Vicki Panagotacos PhD FT - Gaining Traction:  Starting Over After the Death of a PartnerGaining Traction: Starting Over After the Death of Your Life Partner

Panagotacos, Vicki, PhD, FT






If you think this is just another book about coping with the loss of a partner… You’re in for a surprise! Based on her long-running class “Gaining Traction,” grief counselor Vicki Panagotacos delivers a step-by-step program that will open your eyes to a new way of life. Panagotacos helps you think clearly about what you want — and don’t want — as you move forward after loss. Tapping into personal stories told in her classroom, backed by research that reveals what secretly drives many of our decisions, Panagotacos gets you emotionally prepared 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 the end of this book 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.

Janice Nadeau, PhD

Gaining Traction is an invaluable resource for anyone who has lost a life partner. I recommend it without reservation. Counselors will also find this user-friendly volume a “must-have” reference. – Janice Nadeau, PhD, FT, Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapist

Feb 2015 ADEC Forum Newsletter – Rev Paul A. Metzler, DMin

Panagotacos, Vicki. Gaining Traction. Starting Over After the Death of Your Life Partner. Steady Guide Press, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-9915805-0-7. Softcover, 159 pages.

Panagotacos has written an engaging self-help book for those who have lost a life-partner. A teacher, grief counselor and hospice professional, she provides 14-chapters to guide a bereaved person through numerous insights and self-inventories (named TR-ACTIONs) to motivate new behavior and enable clear decision making. She has led many workshops using this process that makes bereavement manageable and facilitates growth toward a positive future. She offers a rich array of quotations from those who have already traveled the road of grief and provides many references to other relevant books and articles.

Spring 2015 Issue:  Univ of Utah College of Nursing “Caring Connections Newsletter,” Editor Kathie Supiano, PhD, LCSW, FT, F-GSA


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February 18, 2015