ABOUT SAFE SPACE CNY

SafeSpace CNY is designed to bring people together to share their struggles and use community resources to help learn healthy coping mechanisms.

A communal mental health space that is focused on providing safety, connection and understanding for community members. With a range of groups, creative therapies, mentorship support and community partnership, Safe Space is a hub for healing and personal growth.

No guidebook, no steps, no religion, no judgement. 

Show up and get what you need. We are here for YOU

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Honest, raw and accepting.

It wasn't until I surrounded myself with other individuals that were fighting the same fears that I started to let my guard down and feel safe to share my story. I only found this safety in residential treatment though. I knew I wasn't the only individual suffering from an eating disorder and trauma here in Syracuse. I knew that most people needed this connection and safety that I had found. They just didn't know what they were missing yet. This led to the idea of Safe Space CNY.  

Tracy Mergler

Founder & Director

MEET THE TEAM

Niki

Author & Writing Coach

Writing is a great way to manage stress and upheaval in your life. The act of writing engages internal healing resources that affect your mental and physical health, and expressive writing has the power to transform your health. Sitting down with a pen, paper, and prompt helps you access your inner healing voice. No writing experience or aspiration required - in Writing as Healing, you will be lead through a progression of restorative writing exercises to employ a variety of different types

of writing that will help you heal in a way that is unique to your own inner voice.

Emily

Registered Dietitian

I strive to empower young women to simplify life by moving away from the all-consuming diet mentality that holds them back from finding their inner confidence, so they can define their own path of health and happiness. ​​​​It’s my goal to create a welcoming space for a community of confident women as they evolve and uncover their true selves through the stages of change that bring them joy and happiness. Together, we can build a healthier, happier lifestyle for you & everyone around you.

Lena

Creative Arts Therapist

Licensed & Board Certified. After 8 years working in the residential setting with youth and their families, she has spent the past year transitioning to private practice in Syracuse, NY, working primarily with teens and young adults. She has always believed in the healing power of art, especially when painful experiences and overwhelming emotions may be too difficult to put into words.  Art therapy allows for a powerful emotional outlet, encourages development of a stronger understanding of self and a stronger connection with one's identity and values, and helps a person practice mindfulness and acceptance.

Jenn

Art Therapy

Art helps me to say things that words never could. I am much more fluent in the “language of emotions,” and truly feel understood when I express through art. Through my own recovery process, I’ve found art to be one of the major factors in healing from my eating disorder, anxiety, depression, trauma, and emotional disregulation. Knowing the healing power of art, I want to share that with as many people as possible. That is why I am pursuing my Masters in Art Therapy. When I’m not making art, I can be found playing with my pups, off-roading in my Jeep, napping, listening to music too loudly, spending time with my husband, and dancing like no one’s watching.

Rebecca

Yoga Instructor

Physical therapist and 200-Hour yoga instructor focused on guiding clients in the evolution of their journey with wellness. She believes that health begins from the inside out: begin by healing step by step. When we heal ourselves, even incrementally, we are positively contributing to our families, loved ones, and broadly impacting our communities. Dr. Alexander has training in MBSR and meditation through NYC’s Open Center and the Shambhala Center. She has learned so much through her own practice that she is passionate about sharing with others through the Safe Space CNY community.

Taylor

Counselor

Originally from a small town in upstate New York and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado. She has her M.S. from Syracuse University (Clinical Mental Health Counseling), M.A. from Adelphi University (Psychology), and her B.S from Cazenovia College (Psychology). Her passions lie with trauma-informed care, victim advocacy, child and adolescent development work, and family work. She has experience with a multitude of psychological issues and modalities including family, group, couples, and individual counseling. 

Sarah

Dance Therapy

Originally from Syracuse, Sarah Walter has returned to her roots after receiving her BFA in Dance from SUNY Brockport. She has performed and choreographed in various showcases across upstate New York, as well as in London and NYC, with her dance training being an eclectic mix of ballet and modern styles. Overall, she is interested in cultivating an environment which explores the capabilities that the body holds through anatomical alignment and strengthening, as well as mind-body connectivity. Sarah’s main goal is to lead her students to dig deep into the material with inquisitiveness and a deep yearning to know more.