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


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



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.


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.


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.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a Mental Health Emergency, please call 911.