I'm Vanessa (she/her), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist offering video therapy sessions in California.
I know that asking for help and opening up to someone new can feel vulnerable and intimidating. Using empathy, curiosity, and tender humor, I work in partnership with you to engage in the expansive, meaningful, frightening, and joyful process of self-discovery.
Vanessa Setteducato, LMFT #119184
Clinical experience in community mental health, residential treatment, and private practice settings, working with clients at all levels of risk.
Master’s in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, California.
Past roles in music editorial and digital marketing, diverse experience informing me of corporate stressors and the path to career changes.
"We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses."
When I'm not doing therapy, I love doing pottery, writing, painting, driving to the beach on a chilly day, and taking photographs. I also love watching movies and rooting for the Lakers and Dodgers with my partner.
These hobbies and interests bring me calm, perspective, excitement, and allow my imagination to run wild, bringing me home every day to that marvelous archetypal feminine.
"When I say the feminine, I don't mean gender. I mean the feminine principle that is living — or suppressed — in [all genders]"
The Hungry Feminine began with an inquiry about disordered eating patterns that arose during my graduate school research in 2016. I became interested in the unconscious cravings of women with binge eating disorder while writing my master's thesis, The Hungry Feminine and a Patriarchal Gag Order: Binge Eating in American Women.
Even after it was published, I couldn't put a cork in my curiosity about food and body and the feminine in America and how, even for those without a diagnosed eating disorder, those relationships are impacted by a culture that fetishizes food, celebrates consumption, and yet shames bodies.
As I continue to unwrap new layers of this research, including broader perspectives that even transcend food and include privilege, relationships, sex, social issues, and politics, you can follow along on the blog and Instagram.
These broader perspectives opened up once I realized the more I was talking about food in the context of Western culture, the more I was, in fact, talking about everything.
The Hungry Feminine has evolved into a space for exploration and discovery for all and isn't here to pathologize, diagnose, or prescribe. This is a platform for universal understanding and, with any luck, self-forgiveness, regardless of your specific relationship with self, others, food, body image, and the feminine.
Please note that we only enter a therapist/client relationship if officially established in a clinical setting with informed consent.