About

Our Practice

Anxiety Specialists of Atlanta is a team of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) specialists who pride themselves on offering evidence-based, comprehensive psychological services. Under the Clinical Directorship of Dr. Josh Spitalnick, Board Certified (ABPP) in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology, our team of psychologists works closely as a team meeting weekly to learn from and share with one another to ensure consistency and fidelity to best practices. In addition to treatment services, we offer thorough psychoeducational and psychological evaluations for all ages related to learning, language and executive function concerns. Given our training, dedication to science, and credentials, our team provides various consulting and psychoeducational services to other professionals, organizations, and families who seek information, resources, workshops, parenting seminars, and community presentations throughout the Atlanta community as well at local, regional and national professional conferences.

Our foundation in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) practices aligns with our emphasis in providing evidence-based, short-term, solution focused treatments for a variety of mental health problem areas. We see children, adolescents, and adults for individual, family, and group-based therapy with a primary focus on treating Anxiety Disorders (Separation Anxiety, Selective Mutism, Phobias, Social Anxiety, Panic, Generalized Anxiety), Obsessive Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRDs), Health Anxiety (e.g., Illness Anxiety), and Trauma related disorders (e.g., PTSD). We offer a variety of treatment techniques proven in science to be first line treatment options, but we are most known for offering Exposure therapy (in vivo, imaginal, interoceptive exposures) and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for anxiety disorders, OCD and related problem areas.

Given our focus on treating anxiety, we understandably also treat the other most common co-occurring problem areas with anxiety, including depression and mood related issues, eating/feeding problems and body image concerns, problems with executive function, school and occupational struggles, medical disorders and somatic complications, medication and treatment adherence, sexual health and sleep dysregulation, and relationship struggles (e.g, parenting, family, peers, intimate). To address these and other problem areas, each psychologist brings their own unique training experiences rooted in science, including the Maudsley Approach or Family-based Treatment (FBT), the gold standard, most effective treatment for children and adolescents with Anorexia Nervosa, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, to name a few.

Our team of psychologists maintains wonderful working relationships with other psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, occupational and speech specialists, private and public school systems, primary care providers, and other professionals to ensure that everyone we see is getting the most informed, comprehensive, evidence-based care possible.

Our office is located in beautiful Dunwoody, Georgia (a Northeast suburb of Atlanta) but you will also find us visiting with our patients "onsite" to meet with them in the real world where anxiety and other difficulties commonly arise. We are not your typical therapy practice--we have dogs on staff, we employ virtual reality and other interactive tools to help people overcome life’s struggles, and our biggest source of referrals is word of mouth from past patients and their loved ones, not social media nor direct marketing,

We work very hard to make sure you and your family get the best possible services, whether its by our team or other specialists we strongly recommend. Its exactly what we would want for our own loved ones. We look forward to the chance to help you or someone you know in need of care.

From our family to yours….

Dr. Grace Barnes

Dr. Shannan Edwards

Dr. Megan Faye

Dr. John Mohammadioun

Dr. Jessica Nasser

Dr. Josh Spitalnick

Dr. Theresa Welles

Jessica Kalin, Office Manager

"Times of stress are also times that are signals for growth, and if we use it properly, we can grow through adversity."  - Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski