Episode 401: When Therapy isn't working for your child with Dianne Kosto

Parenting can be an incredible journey filled with both joy and challenges. As parents, we all strive to provide the best for our children and create a nurturing environment where they can thrive physically, emotionally, and mentally.

In this special episode of Joyful Parenting podcast, we bring you a transformative conversation between two remarkable women—Dianne Kosto, the founder and CEO of SYMMETRY Neuro-Pathway Training, and Casey O’Roarty, the dynamic host of Joyful Parenting. Both Dianne and Casey are deeply passionate about empowering families and supporting parents in their unique parenting journeys.


Conscious Parenting

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Dianne Kosto's Mission and Neurofeedback

Dianne Kosto’s mission is rooted in her personal journey with neurofeedback, which has driven her to make this revolutionary, brain based approach accessible to all families. With over a decade of experience, she passionately champions the power of neurofeedback as a life-transforming tool. Neurofeedback is a non-invasive modality that uses real-time monitoring to teach self-regulation to the brain. By providing feedback to the brain’s electrical activity, neurofeedback helps individuals improve their focus, reduce anxiety, enhance their emotional well-being, and optimize their overall cognitive functioning. Dianne’s dedication to making neurofeedback accessible to families has resulted in an impressive resume of both service and leadership in the field.

Casey O'Roarty's Advocacy for Compassionate Parenting

At Sproutable, Casey O’Roarty has devoted her career to advocating for dignity, respect, and compassion in child-rearing processes. She strongly believes that parents and their children equally matter, and she emphasizes setting boundaries guided by love. Casey’s work extends beyond the Joyful Parenting podcast, as she is actively involved in writing books, teaching workshops, and hosting parenting summits. Through her multifaceted efforts, Casey empowers parents with effective tools to navigate the challenges of parenting with empathy and understanding.

A Meeting of Minds: The Profound Talk

In this unmissable episode of the Joyful Parenting podcast, Dianne and Casey engage in a deep and profound discussion, exploring the challenges and triumphs that parents encounter on their parenting journeys. The meeting of these two remarkable minds sparks a conversation that resonates with parents of all backgrounds. Dianne shares her expertise in neurofeedback, while Casey skillfully drives the discussion, highlighting the common hurdles parents face and the triumphs they celebrate in their children’s growth and development.

Neuroscience Meets Practical Parenting

The conversation between Dianne and Casey exemplifies the incredible intersection where neuroscience meets practical parenting. By combining Dianne’s expertise in neurofeedback and Casey’s advocacy for compassionate parenting, the two experts provide a unique and powerful perspective on creating a nurturing and supportive family environment. Understanding the science behind brain development and emotional regulation can help parents better support their children’s cognitive, emotional, and behavioral growth.

The Power of Conscious Parenting

At the heart of Dianne and Casey’s conversation lies the concept of conscious parenting. Conscious parenting involves being mindful, empathetic, and responsive to children’s emotional needs. It is about fostering deep connections and understanding within the family, allowing parents to approach challenges with compassion and patience. By embracing conscious parenting principles, parents can strengthen the parent-child bond and cultivate an environment of love and support that nurtures children’s overall well-being.

Transformative Relationships

One of the central themes of their discussion revolves around the significance of transformative relationships within families. Dianne and Casey both believe that the quality of the parent-child relationship plays a vital role in shaping a child’s emotional and cognitive development. By fostering strong, nurturing relationships, parents can lay the foundation for their children to thrive and reach their full potential.

Fostering Strong Connections in Families

Building strong connections within the family is essential for a healthy and loving upbringing. Dianne and Casey share practical tips and advice on how parents can nurture and maintain strong connections with their children. These connections create a sense of security and trust, enabling children to explore the world with confidence and resilience.

Child-Rearing Challenges Addressed

Parenting comes with its share of challenges, and Dianne and Casey discuss some of the common issues parents face. From tantrums and sibling rivalries to screen time and discipline, they explore effective strategies to address these challenges. Understanding the root causes of certain behaviors and adopting positive parenting techniques can lead to more harmonious family dynamics.

Triumphs in Parenting

In the spirit of celebrating the joys of parenting, Dianne and Casey share heartwarming stories of successful parenting experiences. These triumphs are not necessarily grand gestures but often small moments of connection and growth that leave a lasting impact on both parents and children. By recognizing and celebrating these triumphs, parents can build a strong sense of fulfillment and satisfaction in their parenting journey.

Recognizing Growth in Everyone

One of the core beliefs shared by Dianne and Casey is the recognition of growth potential in every individual. They encourage parents to see the inherent value in their children and themselves. By embracing a growth mindset, parents can foster an environment of continuous learning and personal development, enabling everyone in the family to flourish.

Conclusion: Embracing Parenthood Together

In conclusion, the conversation between Dianne Kosto and Casey O’Roarty offers valuable insights into conscious parenting, neurofeedback, and the transformative power of nurturing relationships. Together, they invite all parents to create a world where families thrive, children flourish, and everyone’s potential is acknowledged. By uniting neuroscience with compassionate parenting, parents can empower themselves with the knowledge and skills to raise happy, healthy, and resilient children.


What is neurofeedback, and how can it benefit my family?                                                                                                                                                    Neurofeedback is a non-invasive therapy that uses real-time monitoring to teach self-regulation to the brain. It can help improve focus, reduce anxiety, and enhance overall well-being for both children and parents.

How does conscious parenting differ from traditional parenting approaches?                                                                                                                        Conscious parenting involves being mindful, empathetic, and responsive to children’s emotional needs. It focuses on building deep connections and understanding within the family.

What are some effective ways to handle parenting challenges?                                                                                                                                Addressing parenting challenges involves active communication, setting boundaries with love, and seeking support from professionals or parenting communities.

Can neurofeedback be beneficial for parents of troubled teens?                                                                                                                                        Absolutely. Neurofeedback can be a valuable tool for parents dealing with troubled teens, as it helps improve emotional regulation and communication within the family.

How can I recognize and celebrate my child’s growth and achievements effectively?                                                                                                     Acknowledge your child’s efforts, celebrate their progress, and create a supportive environment where they feel encouraged to explore their potential.

Remember, parenting is a journey of growth and learning. Embrace the challenges and triumphs with love, empathy, and the willingness to evolve. With the insights from Dianne Kosto and Casey O’Roarty, you can create a harmonious and nurturing family environment that supports your children’s well-being and personal growth.

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