From Madness to Mindfulness... my first book launches on August 13!

Sex and mindfulness book for women by sociologist and sexologist, Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus.

Sex and mindfulness book for women by sociologist and sexologist, Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus.

I started writing From Madness to Mindfulness: Reinventing Sex for Women six years ago.

As a sociologist, I wanted to address what I call the “madness” around female sexuality — all of the negative, undermining, inaccurate, and shameful messages many girls and women receive when growing up around sex, intimacy, and their bodies.

It’s madness because so many girls are taught to view their own body as something to battle as an enemy. It’s madness because most women think there’s something wrong with them. It’s madness because as adults, women are supposed to flip a switch and pretend that they haven’t internalized these sex-negative, body-shaming, disempowering “good girl” messages and experiences.

And it’s madness that we keep passing these messages on to younger generations.

After many years as a sex educator, women’s workshop facilitator, and intimacy coach, I know that mindfulness skills — practical, applied mindfulness skills — can have a profound positive impact on our self-worth, expression of voice, and sexual empowerment. Through practices in mindfulness, compassion, vulnerability, and authenticity we can create a new version of sexual expression and connection.

This is what From Madness to Mindfulness: Reinventing Sex for Women is about.

I’ll be writing a lot more about this leading up to my publication date (Cleis Press, August 13, 2019). In the meantime, please spread the word and pre-order on Amazon…and check out some of the advance endorsements from sexuality professionals:

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
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)
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. 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. Jenn Gunsaullus, San Diego Keynote Speaker, Sexologist, & Sociologist