Trélan N. Holder, MS, LCSW

Founder & CEO, Psychotherapist, Educator

Education: Trélan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She is a skilled psychotherapist with extensive years of counseling experience in mental health and human services. Trélan attained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Clark University, her Master of Science Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and a Certificate in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Cardozo Law School. Additionally, her clinical pursuits include a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from New York University’s Institute for Psycho-analytic Education.

Faculty Appointments: Trélan Holder is a Senior Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work and has also taught at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Courses taught: Early Development, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Psychopathology, Health Care Systems—Mental Health, and Disability Policy, Practice, and Programs.

Professional/Leadership Positions: In 2014, Trélan founded Renew Perspectives, a certified Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) professional corporation that is recognized by the NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S BOARD FOR SOCIAL WORK and provides continuing education for Licensed Social Workers. She has served as a Clinician and Director at the City College of New York (CCNY): Wellness and Counseling Center. Prior to her leadership at CCNY, she worked at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center, Adolescent AIDS Program. Ms. Holder’s previous work in human services spans across her municipal employment with New York City’s leading Child Welfare Agencies to her international academic pursuits at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where she was selected to study as a Visiting Social Work Scholar (a collaborative with the New York University Steinhardt Graduate School of Education). Trélan served for five years as President of the Alumni Board of Directors at Columbia University School of Social Work.

A Personal Note About My Philosophy

I have dedicated my life to understanding our collective human experience; and each individual’s unique perspective. In recognizing that the individual brings to therapy a host of experiences and the dynamic influence between culture and environment: My approach is to allow individual(s) to shed their unique perspective to get to the essence of who you are.

Our therapeutic relationship is premised on learning the greatest lessons that allow for other and self-compassion, cohesion and eventual self-mastery.

The tools that I use to accomplish this are established instruments whose simple purpose is to excavate the debris to get to the heart of things via self-reflection and truth-telling. These tools include: a narrative focus or the art of self-storytelling, being goal oriented yet flexible, committed and consistent.

Oftentimes, restlessness and crisis are generally the precipitants for people seeking help. It takes courage to acknowledge that there is a problem and even greater courage to seek therapeutic intervention.

Until we meet, I want you to remember that crisis presents both vulnerability and opportunity. Please allow me to help you to cultivate this great opportunity to gain peace of mind and well-being.


Trélan Holder