FOR ADULT INDIVIDUALS
You're a creative, curious, and compassionate person who's struggling to apply those strengths to yourself.
A successful high-achiever still feeling unfulfilled and seeking more meaning in life.
Perfectionist, people-pleaser, "imposter," any or all of the above, you're burnt out.
Feeling small, exhausted, and disconnected from your authentic self, you're tired of putting others first without knowing how to prioritize yourself.
I'm Vanessa, a licensed therapist in California.
I've been there, and I can help.
FIND PEACE AND SOFTNESS WITHIN
BY REVIVING THE ARCHETYPAL FEMININE
AN INTRO TO THE HUNGRY FEMININE
Feminine and masculine archetypes are a part of every human, and only relate to gender insofar as how we base social expectations on sex assigned at birth. In an archetypal sense, any gender can have a more dominant feminine or masculine, but when the two aren't in moderate balance, suffering may occur.
We can see this at systemic and societal levels in Western cultures, where masculine qualities such as acquisition, authority, competition, aggression, structure, consumption, material, and action are rewarded, and feminine qualities such as empathy, imagination, community, creativity, nature, intuition, vulnerability, and stillness are dismissed as weak or a waste of time. This collective rejection unconsciously reinforces individual rejection of our most intimate feminine qualities as assimilating to a masculine-dominated culture becomes necessary for survival.
The feminine supports the parts of ourselves that tend to our emotional, relational, and spiritual wellbeing, historically overlooked components of our health.
The Hungry Feminine seeks to revive those qualities and repair what's been damaged in its long-standing repression, not to the extermination of the masculine but in collaboration with it, so that we may become whole again.
My therapy practice is implicitly grounded in the feminine, integrating masculine tools when useful. This may look like a compassionate space for you to come as you are, express your emotions, explore how they live in your body, invite in unconscious material, apply curiosity to dreams, myth, and art, and utilize grounding techniques or thought-modification tools to make safe the exploration of the unknown.
Learn more about feminine and masculine.
A PODCAST ABOUT ARCHETYPAL INSTINCTS
Feed the Feminine is dedicated to reviving archetypal feminine qualities in a masculine-dominated culture. Hosted by Vanessa Setteducato, a psychotherapist and writer sharing stories, experiences, and insights to nourish the feminine while also repairing what's been damaged in its longstanding cultural repression. Each episode explores themes and archetypes present in how we eat, express, and relate and what we can do to find meaning and reach balance between feminine and masculine.