Our Mission

We are a team of therapists who are dedicated to eliminating the stigma of mental illness. We are committed to creating a safe environment for clients to unpack their burdens, discover their unique strengths so that that are able to live richer, happier lives.

We believe that our role in your health and wellness journey is to provide an unconditionally supportive space for you to grapple with difficult, sometimes painful, aspects of your life. We will use our clinical knowledge and expertise to teach you skills that will empower you to spearhead your journey toward RELEASING, RESTORING, and RENEWING your JOY. We believe that empowerment is the foundation for healing.

We look forward to the opportunity to work alongside you in achieving your goals through the development of  individualized services to meet your unique needs.

Meet Our Team

Dr. Ajita M. Robinson

Founder & Clinical Director

Welcome I feel privileged to lead a team of highly skilled and sought after Mental Health Clinicians. As the Clinical Director, I wear a lot of hats. Most importantly, I take pride in ensuring that every client we serve is treated with respect and dignity.

You may be reaching out for support for a variety of reasons, not limited to: 

  • You may be experiencing stress (at home, school, work, etc).
  • You may have recently experienced a loss (death, job loss, moved to a new state, divorce/separation, etc).
  • You might have a child who is having a hard time adjusting to a new school (or grade, or a change in the family) and you're not sure how to support him/her/they.
  • You may be having difficulty in your relationship.
  • You LOVE your job, but you find yourself feeling burned out and overwhelmed.
  • You experienced abuse or a traumatic experience (in the present or past) that is impacting your life
  • You are a mental health professional and are experiencing compassion fatigue

There are a variety of life transitions that you may experience that could benefit from the support of a therapist. Congratulations on taking this step.

What can you expect? 

You can expect to be accepted, supported and understood without judgment. I strive to create a safe space for all of my clients. I will honor your beliefs and values. I will rely on your expertise (and lived experience) to develop goals that are realistic and aligned with your desired outcome.

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Dr. Kamal Wright-Cunningham

Lead Clinician

Specialties: Child & Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Trauma, Grief, Depression and Anxiety

I enjoy working with adolescents, adults and couples. The clients I work with come from a variety of backgrounds and are in various different stages of life.

What many of them have in common is that they've experienced trauma, grief or life transition. Many of the adolescents I work with have witnessed or been a victim of a traumatic event, experience depression, anxiety, and have challenges with self esteem.

I also enjoy working with adults facing a myriad of challenges. Many of the couples I work with would like to improve communication, intimacy and in some cases recover from infidelity.

I have extensive experience working with our nation's most vulnerable youth and families. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (MD & DC) and Supervisor with over fifteen years of counseling experience working with at-risk adolescents and families of under-served communities living in Boston, Massachusetts, New York City, and the Washington, DC metro area.

I join with clients on their journey to wellness. I am a trauma trained clinician and utilize this approach combined with person-centered practices. I have successfully worked with clients who struggle with problems such as: depression, anxiety, untreated grief and loss, sexual trauma, substance abuse, self-injurious behaviors, and parent-child relational problems.

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Ms. Genardra Pugh

Career Coach, Therapist (under Supervision with Dr. Robinson)

Specialties: Career Services, Coaching Services, Rehabilitation Counseling, Young Adult, Depression, and Solution-Focused Counseling Services

You find yourself stuck and want to move FORWARD in your life.... I am here to assist.

I work with clients who are interested in creating change in their personal lives, careers and relationships.

You may find yourself:

  • Struggling to identify your ideal career
  • Feeling dissatisfied in your current job
  • Need to revamp your resume, but aren't sure where to start?
  • Need assistant preparing for job interviews?
  • You are a current college student and are struggling academically
  • You are a experiencing depression or anxiety and would like to find more effective coping strategies?
  • Do you find yourself in relationships that leave you feeling icky? Devalued? Like Deja vu?

I enjoy working with young and middle age adults who are ready for a CHANGE in their life. Whether that be a new job, career, recovering from a relationship or restoring  a current one. I work with clients to uncover their interests, desires and values so that they can create their ideal life.  I use a variety of tools and assessments to help clients achieve their goals.

I've worked as Rehabilitation Counselor for the past 5 years and am in the process of re-certifying as a Licensed Professional Counselor under the supervision of Dr. Ajita M. Robinson.

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Educational Background

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Laura Lansrud-Lopez

Art Therapist and Counselor

As an Art Therapist and Counselor, I bring the healing power of creativity and the effectiveness of evidence-based techniques together in the service of recovery, growth, and transformation.

I provide a safe and supportive therapeutic environment, practical skills, and opportunities for creative and authentic self-expression. My goal is to help those who have experienced upsetting or traumatic life events move forward, and assist people struggling with life challenges to identify and overcome barriers to growth and fulfillment.

I value your need for safety, confidentiality, and respect, and believe there are many avenues to well-being. Thus, I will follow your lead while supporting your process. My theoretical orientation is a unique blend of transpersonal and cognitive approaches – I view spirituality and creativity as essential elements of health and wholeness, and employ practical techniques drawn from conventional research-based treatments.

I have a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy / Counseling, and am a nationally certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) and Counselor (NCC). I am also credentialed as an Art Therapy Certified Supervisor (ATCS) and Approved Counseling Supervisor (ACS).

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Joanna Townswend

Licensed Certified Clinical social Worker and Therapist

I am a licensed certified clinical social worker and therapist in the State of Maryland. I come to Friends in Transition (FIT) with several years of experience providing therapy and counseling to culturally diverse children, adolescents, adults, and families in New York City.

I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master’s degree in social work from New York University, and have completed trainings in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Childhood Traumatic Grief. I am also a board certified holistic health coach through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), which I view as a complement to therapy, given the role of mind-body wellness on wellbeing and vitality.

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