From Madness to Mindfulness: Reinventing Sex for Women (Paperback)

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“I learned about the mechanics of female sexual pleasure in my sex ed class.”
“I am able to have a difficult conversation with my partner about our relationship.”
“I can boldly and openly carry a tampon to the restroom in public.”
“I am totally comfortable being naked in front of a new partner.”

If you disagree with any of these statements (or all of them), you are not alone. You are one of many, many women who are feeling the effects of “sexual madness.” According to Jennifer Gunsaullus, PhD, sociologist and sex coach, it is time for women to break free from the labyrinth of societal baggage in relation to sexual education, expectations, and fulfillment.

From Madness to Mindfulness sets out to help women empower themselves, and future generations of young women, to transition out of a state of sexual madness and into a state of sexual mindfulness. A state in which women can give themselves permission to feel more worthy of love and great sex (and then have it!). Dr. Jenn will guide you through the process of assessing levels of “mis-education” in regard to relationships, communication, sex, passion, desire, and body image and integrating mindfulness practices to overcome your own personal “madness.” Replete with personal stories and a wide array of client accounts, along with guided questions, action items, and tips to create a personal Reinventing Sex plan, Dr. Jenn will help guide you to become a thriving sexual being . . . on your own terms.

About the Author

Jennifer Gunsaullus, PhD, sociologist and sex coach is a national speaker on intimacy, sexual consent, healthy relationships, erotic play, and mindful sex. She has presented two TEDx Talks and is a podcast host and intimacy expert on the morning news, as well as an active philanthropist with Women Give San Diego. Dr. Jenn has over 1.5 million hits on her In the Den with Dr. Jenn YouTube video series and appears as an expert in a documentary on masturbation, Sticky: A (Self) Love Story. Visit her at

Praise For…

“This book is a game-changer! I truly believe that From Madness to Mindfulness will help many women to make peace with their relationship with their sexual selves.” —Neil Cannon, Ph.D., LMFT, sex therapist, couples counselor, professor of Marriage & Family Therapy, Denver Family Institute

— Neil Cannon, PhD, LMFT

"Using mindfulness, meditation, and other carefully illustrated exercises, she shows us the way for a woman to dump internalized negative beliefs, reclaim her power, and enjoy her sexuality without shame." —Isadora Alman, MFT, CST, columnist at Psychology Today, author of What People Keep Asking Me About Sex & Relationships

— Isadora Alman, MFT, CST

"This book is a must-read for those who are flailing to find ballast in these confusing times about sex, dating and relationships. Dr. Jenn provides a practical road map for women to navigate ways for thriving in this new sexual world.” --Patti Britton, PhD, AASECT past-president, clinical sexologist, co-founder of

— Patti Britton, PhD

“Educational and empowering. Gunsaulles’ new book challenges readers to think differently about women and sex, and provides a roadmap to their authentic sexual selves." --Dr. Justin Lehmiller, research fellow at The Kinsey Institute and author of Tell Me What You Want

— Dr. Justin Lehmiller

"This book reminds readers that, yes, self-care, personal growth, and good sex matter — and that everyone deserves good sex! Dr. Jenn's Reinventing Sex Plan is sure to help anyone looking to reinvent more than just their sexual world." —Dr. Tammy Nelson, certified sex therapist and author of Getting the Sex You Want and The New Monogamy

— Dr. Tammy Nelson

"Being able to tune into yourself and your partner is a key element of great relationships and amazing sex. With lots of the simple and practical ideas and an honest perspective on sex and gender, this book is a must read." —Charlie Glickman PhD, sex & relationship coach

— Dr. Charlie Glickman, PhD

"With deep compassion, Dr. Gunsaulles challenges societal messages that commonly stand in the way of women’s sexual fulfillment and provides practical solutions. From Madness to Mindfulness is a loving how-to for anyone seeking greater self-awareness, pleasure, and self-sexual discovery." --August McLaughlin, author of Girl Boner and host of Girl Boner Radio

— August McLaughlin

“I don’t know a woman who wouldn’t identify with Jenn's story or benefit from her process. I know this book will not only help me, but help others begin their journey on a more sexually mindful path.” --Dr. Emily Morse, founder and host of the Sex with Emily podcast and SiriusXM Radio Show

— Dr. Emily Morse

"I am very impressed with Dr. Jenn's ability to put into such clear words what so many people experience. Her book is thought provoking and a perfect read for anyone just beginning their personal journey of sexual self empowerment. I will be recommending this book to clients and look forward to more work by her." --Dr. Laurie Bennett-Cook, clinical sexologist and director of Sex Positive Los Angeles

— Dr. Laurie Bennett-Cook

“Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus gives us so many gems and brilliant one-liners — on nearly every page I found myself slapping my hand on the table while reading, saying “YES! THIS!” or pausing to take notes. From Madness to Mindfulness is both a well-articulated philosophy on sexual wellness and an actionable step-by-step guide for women who want to transition to a state of sexual happiness, fulfillment, and authenticity in their lives. Dr. Jenn is a master at disarming difficult topics like toxic masculinity, rape culture, religion, vulnerability, body image, and sexuality, and at utilizing compassion to help you along your sexual journey. I cannot wait to recommend From Madness to Mindfulness to my clients!” —Dr. Jill McDevitt, sexuality educator and sexual wellness coach

— Dr. Jill McDevitt

“Honest, fun, and far-reaching, this book challenges us, as women, to think of ourselves and our intimate relationships in a new way – with practical guidance at each step of the process. Dr. Jenn does a masterful job of defining the components of mindfulness; weaving meaningful scenarios from her own life story, with pertinent client vignettes – and applying her own philosophy and recommendations to all aspects of the female sexual narrative. I find each chapter a vital tool for reflection – to enhance one’s own awareness, express our truths, and ultimately transform our experience of relationship.“ –Debra Wickman, MD, FACOG, NCMP, CSC, Gynecologist, and Sexuality Counselor, Founder/CEO of Fantastically Female, LLC.

— Debra Wickman, MD, FACOG, NCMP, CSC

"Gunsaullus’s mindfulness practices and analysis will appeal to any woman interested in practical approaches for maintaining emotional and sexual health, as well as to readers confronting and dealing with shame." --Publishers Weekly

— Publishers Weekly

"[Gunsaullus'] knowledge is easy to connect with, and for those hoping to better understand themselves, it is a must read." --The Nerdy Girl Express

— The Nerdy Girl Express

"You will be able to reap the benefits of greater self-worth, learning more about your body in a healthy way, and be able to make positive changes in your life – ones that you can take pride in. [4 out of 5 stars]" --Tulsa Book Review

— Tulsa Book Review

"Most any female would benefit from reading From Madness to Mindfulness as I think all of us could glean something from it's contents. I would especially recommend Madness to any female who had any sort of difficult childhood or suffered sexual trauma." - Mistress Holly GoLightly

— Mistress Holly GoLightly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781627782968
ISBN-10: 1627782966
Publisher: Cleis Press
Publication Date: August 13th, 2019
Pages: 272