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Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta
1360 Center Drive, Suite 200,
Dunwoody, GA, 30338


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Josh Spitalnick, Ph.D., ABPP

Josh Spitalnick, PhD, ABPP, is a Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. He is the Practice Owner/CEO of Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta, an OCD/anxiety outpatient specialty treatment clinic. Dr. Spitalnick serves on the training faculty for the International OCD Foundation. He has co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and treatment manuals, including a resource guide for parents of anxious youth, titled, “Raising Resilience: 25 Tips for Parenting your Child with Anxiety or OCD.”

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Michael Stier, LCPC

Michael Stier, LCPC, NCC is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor specializing in the treatment of OCD, anxiety, and related disorders, including the intersection between medical and psychological conditions. Michael presents nationally on evidenced-based approaches to the assessment and treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders.


“The Complete Guide to Health Anxiety covers everything anyone could possibly want to know about health anxiety – what it looks like, how it works, and how to overcome it – and the book does so with surprising wit, humor, and contemporary relevance.. I highly recommend Spitalnick and Stier’s wisdom to any health worrier who yearns to become an anxiety warrior.”

- C. Alec Pollard, PhD,Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and founding director of the Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute

“This book stands as a beacon of clarity and wisdom. Crafted by passionate clinicians with a wealth of expertise, it walks you through a program for overcoming health anxiety with sensitivity and wit and is backed by scientifically proven treatment strategies. I will certainly be recommending this to my own patients with health anxiety.”

- Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhDprofessor, and director of clinical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“This is a “must-have” for individuals struggling to overcome health anxiety! The authors’ masterful blend of humor and compassion sets the perfect tone for this essential guide to facing your fears and returning to a life of joy.”

- Marla W. Deibler, PsyD, ABPPCEO, The Center for Emotional Health of Greater Philadelphia (CEH); Faculty Member, IOCDF Behavior Therapy Training Institute, author of The BFRB Recover Workbook: Effective Recovery from Hair Pulling, Skin Picking, Nail Biting, and Other Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors

“The Complete Guide to Overcoming Health Anxiety offers vital tools in an approachable and entertaining format. This amazing book will certainly become an important resource for any therapist, student or educator in the field. It’s sure to be an absolute game changer!”

- Alejandro IbarraProfessor Emeritus of Family Practicing psychologist in OCD treatment, master’s degree in clinical psychology from (University of Sevilla, Spain), Board member of OCD Gamechangersand Community Medicine at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, and founding director of the Center for OCD & Anxiety-Related Disorders at Saint Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute

“This comprehensive book describes evidence-based strategies in an easy-to-read, fun, and understandable manner. Spitalnick and Stier have crafted a must-read resource for any person struggling with health anxiety.”

- Eric Storch, PhDMcIngvale Presidential Endowed Chair & Professor, Vice Chair & Head of Psychology, Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine

“As someone living with intense health anxiety, this guide has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf. Easy to read, light but wonderfully packed with years of expert knowledge, the tools and insights within are invaluable and a must-read for anyone who wants to regain their life from the grips of health anxiety. So put down your thermometers and grab this book, it’s the only urgent care you need.”

- Ethan SmithNational Advocate International OCD Foundation, Mental Health Consultant, Filmmaker and Author

“Bodies are noisy! They have squishy, grumbly parts and strange rivers of blood twisting around bone and muscle. No wonder so many people are anxious about them. But not every feeling is a harbinger of illness, and Spitalnick and Stier will help you cut through the noise to live life by your own rules rather than those of health anxiety.”

- Amy Mariaskin, PhDOwner/Director of Nashville OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center, author of Thriving in Relationships When You Have OCD

“This is the most fun I’ve had being constantly reminded I’m going to die. Spitalnick and Stier have put together a smart, clear, and truly accessible guide to overcoming health anxiety in its many forms. They make the essential point that over-investment in the fear of losing time and value in life from health issues is as likely or more likely to cause you to lose time and value in life from those very issues.”

- Jon Hershfield, LCMFTdirector of the Center for OCD and Anxiety at Sheppard Pratt, and author of Overcoming Harm OCD

“Health anxiety thrives in an atmosphere of seriousness and fear where, little by little, it consumes the lives of sufferers. Understanding this, Josh Spitalnick and Michael Stier bring a great measure of humor and joy to this not-so-typical self-help book. Step by step, punctuated with useful examples and exercises, they teach readers to think like an anxiety therapist, and to create a life that is not just free from suffering, but one that is actually worth living.”

- Michelle Witkin, PhDLicensed Psychologist, Specialist in Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

“Something is wrong, but it’s not what you think”. The authors encourage what they call a “mindset shift,” noticing those convincing thinking mistakes and surrendering unhelpful efforts at coping that generate and maintain distress. They return you to a stance of trust in commonsense, living peacefully in a world where perfect health forever is not an option and dreadful diseases do in fact exist.”

- Sally Winston, PhDclinical psychologist, co-author of Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts, Needing to Know for Sure, and Overcoming Anticipatory Anxiety

“Let’s face it, health anxiety is scary. Josh and Michael spent their time providing evidence-based guidance and action plans. Did you hear me? Action plans! No, not another boring book. They take time to help you understand yourself, learn to trust again, and really live the life you want to live. This is now my go-to book when helping others overcome health anxiety.”

- Nathan Peterson, LCSWOCD Specialist, YouTuber, and creator of the “Master Your OCD” self-directed online course at

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This website is an online resource designed to empower you on your personal growth journey to overcome health anxiety. Online resources can provide valuable insights, practical tips, and motivation for positive change. However, it’s important to acknowledge their limitations. This website is not a substitute for professional psychological services, nor is it designed to assess or diagnose your particular situation. While the guidance and recommendations within this site can offer support, practical exercises, and encouragement, it may not address your specific circumstances or replace the expertise of trained professionals. Mental health issues are complex and multifaceted, requiring personalized, evidence-based interventions tailored to individual needs. If you find yourself struggling with persistent feelings of sadness, anxiety, or any other mental health concern, we urge you to seek help from a licensed mental health professional. Your mental health is a priority.

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