About Us


Mary Carol Dearing, LCSW-R, RPT-S

 Mary Carol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapy Supervisor through the Association for Play Therapy (a4pt.org). As a  school social worker for 30 years in a local district, Mary Carol worked with children and families integrating mindfulness-based practices in her work with youth.

Having been part of the national movement in teaching mindfulness to students within the classroom setting, Mary Carol  has worked with educators and teams to build program sustainability. She was instrumental in the development of a mindfulness initiative in her school district. 

As a founder of Grow Mindful WNY, Mary Carol sees the great potential for sharing these practices in the larger community.

Mary Carol has completed extensive mindfulness training to nurture her own practice and to bring these practices to the children and youth she serves. Among others, she has trained with Mindful Schools, Tara Brach, Daniel Siegel, Jack Kornfield, Susan Kaiser Greenland, Christopher Willard and Linda Lantieri.

Whatever the season, Mary Carol spends  much of her free time outdoors. Hiking, snowshoeing, biking and gardening are among her favorite ways to enjoy the natural world. 

The seeds of Grow Mindful WNY were established in 2015 when a local group of Western New York social workers and educators came together to imagine how they might share mindfulness with the youth of our community and those who serve them.