I'm Vanessa Setteducato, a psychotherapist and writer based in Los Angeles.
I'm also the founder of The Hungry Feminine which is where I explore the archetypal dynamics present in how we eat, express, and relate.
As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I have clinical experience working with individual adults, adolescents, veterans, and couples/partners struggling with depression, anxiety, self-harm, suicidal ideation, substance abuse, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, psychosis, eating disorders, cultural marginalization, systemic oppression, and the shame that can result from those struggles. I've worked in community mental health, residential treatment, and private practice settings, all of which have crafted my unique approach to therapy.
I earned my master's degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. But before that I was navigating the worlds of music marketing and SEO where my passion for creative writing was put to good use.
In this space I share insights into why I think our world ticks and what we can do to engage the personal growth that impacts collective growth along the way. It's spoken through the lens of masculine and feminine, which doesn't refer to gender but rather archetypal energy present in us all.
About The Hungry Feminine
Vanessa Setteducato, MA, AMFT #99652
The Hungry Feminine began with an inquiry about disordered eating patterns that arose during my graduate school research. 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, and politics, you can follow along on the blog. These broader perspectives opened up once I realized the more I was talking about food in the context of modern cultures, the more I was, in fact, talking about everything.
The Hungry Feminine has evolved into a space for exploration and discovery. The Hungry Feminine 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, food or body image, and the feminine.