About Jess & Susie

We met in the place where so many of us "meet" other moms and gather information, an online parenting group.  We immediately connected over a shared passion involving community social work and were both thrilled to have found each other. We eventually met in Jess's living room to share ideas, chatting on Jess' comfy couch while all the kids played together. There was tea and delicious food, tantrums and giggles, shared stories and career aspirations.  Over the course of our meal, we realized we both had the same goal: to provide a cozy, warm and safe space for parents to connect with each other, share resources, support others and be supported. Here we are, a year later, making that dream come true.


About Jess

Jessica Rich, LCSW is (currently) a single mom living in Carroll Gardens with her 16 month old little lady.  For over 14 years, she has practiced both abroad and at home in school settings, shelters and day treatment centers.  Jessica has also worked with seniors before focusing her practice on teenagers, adults and couples.  Her main area of expertise is mindfulness-based therapy and Aboriginal Psychotherapy along with CBT.   She also is a regular practitoner of Vipassana meditation and a Sivananda yoga teacher. Jessica is raising her daughter, Mila, in a screen free home and is addicted to Janet Lansbury's posts. Mila has also helped Jessica kick her travel habit and they are both very happy building a home right here.


About Susie

Susie Gersten, LCSW is a child and family psychotherapist born and raised in Cobble Hill. With 15 years experience in community organizations, schools, mental health clinics, and in private practice as well as 6+ years as a parent herself, she is a verified expert on the unique experience of raising children in New York City. Susie lives in Brooklyn with her husband and 2 boys who all enjoy screens of many varieties. She is a lover of all animals, especially her two chinchillas Lucille and Lightning and her aspiring co-therapist pup Tami Taylor.


Commitment to Community


From the beginning, Jess and Susie of the Great Room have been determined to make this prenatal and parenting wellness space available to everyone who wants to take advantage of it.  Nobody should be alone in the midst of such an enormous life change as this. 


As such, we will never turn someone away because of a membership fee. If you cannot afford the fee for Drop-in Time, please let us know and we will cover you, no questions asked. We will also cover one person per class with our specialty teachers free of charge whenever funds are available. 


On the flip side, if you can afford the fee and can afford to donate a little more, please do. We will have an ongoing fund to collect money to cover these costs. This is a community with amazing resources - let's lift each other up when we need it most.


We have also allotted every Wednesday night as free rental time for local community organizations and non-profits who need a space for a meeting or event. If you or your organization are interested in using our space, please let us know.