A published author, grief and loss counselor, and life transition coach, Vicki has lived in California since 1965 when she scraped together enough money for the train trip from the cold grey winters and humid summers of rural northwest Ohio. Her expectation that she would teach art, mother a large brood, and be the president of the PTA ended up to be far from reality.
Propelled by the unresolved grief in her own family, Vicki closed her award-winning design practice and returned to graduate school for a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology and a Doctorate in Thanatology. Her professional focus is on helping individuals maintain stability after the death of a loved one, and then partnering with them as they reclaim a vital lifestyle after the loss.
A veteran city girl, Vicki recently moved from the metropolitan San Francisco Bay Area to rural area on the Monterey Peninsula. She maintains a private practice in Los Gatos, California, and continues her commitment to teaching and hospice work.
Ms. Panagotacos holds various professional certifications and is an ADEC Fellow. In addition to authoring Gaining Traction: Starting Over after the Death of Your Life Partner, Vicki has created the resource online library BestGriefBooks.com and writes for her blog, TalkingGrief.com and is the author of the chapter entitled “Defining and Envisioning Self in Techniques of Grief Therapy” in Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved (edited by Robert Niemeyer, 2012, Routledge), and Effect of Multigenerational Family and Social Systems on Meaning-Making (2010, Verlag).