" I'm a man and I can change... if I have to" quote from the Red Green Show

As far as I can tell, the two most difficult things we do as adults are

  1. Become an effective parent.

  2. Create an emotionally healthy emotionally intimate adult relationship.

    Both require skills. Skills we do not get from schooling, jobs, or life in general. When I sit with couples in therapy the question inevitably arises for both the man and the woman, “what do you know about women/men?'“ The two most common responses I receive are either a feeble attempt to answer the question which is almost always wrong or most often from men, nothing more than a blank stare and a shrug of the shoulders. And yet, our relationships with our spouses, girl or boy friends is primary in our lives outside those of our children. And with knowing little or nothing about our partners, we expect our relationships to survive?

    Many men I see in couple’s therapy who are there as a last resort trying to save their relationships out of desperation seem to think we are still in the last century where women do the child rearing and housework and men do the outside stuff like protecting her from sabre tooth tigers and work on cars. Nothing could be further from the truth. Women have been liberated. That means that they are quite self-sufficient with their access to an education and the ability to create successful careers without the need or support of a man.

    However, women are all about relationships. They want relationships, but they do not need one. This is a big difference and many men seem to have missed this point over the last several decades. It means that a woman will work and work to create a relationship, but when she has had enough hurts, big and small because her partner does not understand her and her needs, she will walk away. And most men don’t have a clue about her pain until the house is empty.

    These problems are fixable men, if you are willing to learn and make some changes. What do you want? An empty house? An angry life because she left you? Facing starting all over and hoping it works this time? Child support? Or a healthy relationship and a warm home? Call or email Kristopher (775-400-2996) or Kristopher@familywellnesscenter.net to learn about and join an educational and skills development group just for men about relationships.

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Pre and Post Bariatric Therapy Group

As of January 2018, Dr. Riggs has started a Pre and Post Bariatric therapy group that meets weekly on Tuesday evenings at 6pm. " You are doing the hard work, pre-surgery weight loss, surgery and recovery, and continued dieting. We want to make sure you have the best chance at success both losing and maintaining your weight loss. We all know the mechanics of weight loss – more calories expended than taken in. However, there is more to solving weight issues than just calories. Struggles with weight can be the result of high stress environments, low self-esteem, history of trauma, and many other issues. Our Bariatric Therapy Group is designed to help you address those issues once and for all so that all of your hard work results in a healthier and happier you." Please contact us if you are interested in joining the group.  

Clinical and Medical Hypnosis Services Now Available

Kristopher Komarek, LCSW has begun offering Ericksonian based clinical and medical hypnosis services in addition to psychotherapy services. Clinical hypnosis can be effectively used to address pain management, habit control problems such as stopping smoking, overeating and  weight control issues and address various phobias and fears. Medical hypnosis can be used to be better prepare mentally and emotionally for medical procedures, improve healing outcomes and reduce the need for anesthesia. Each hypnosis session is recorded and then given to the patient for follow up at home in order to improve its impact and effectiveness. Multiple sessions may be required in order to gain maximum benefit and benefits can last a lifetime. These are only a few examples of how hypnosis can be used. if you have questions please contact us. Hypnosis sessions are not covered by insurance. 

The First Four Months

Summer appears to have arrived and Family Wellness Center has now passed its fourth month in operation. The response from the community has been wonderful. The chalkboard wall in the waiting room is a hit with kids, teens and their parents and the artistry displayed in chalk has been amazing. It's only too bad that it gets erased in order to make room for the next budding artist. People have been very complimentary of the feelings of comfort and peace they feel when they enter the offices. We appreciate all of the kind words and the confidence our patients have placed in us to help them. We hope everyone enjoys their summer and gets a much needed and deserved vacation.   

Welcome to Family Wellness Center, LLC

Dr. Riggs and I are pleased to join the healing community of Northern Nevada and Northern California as Family Wellness Center, LLC (FWC). Although FWC is new to Carson City, Northern Nevada, and Northern California, we are not. We have been a part of Northern Nevada for over 10 years now. As you get to know us, a great place to start is with our Vision and Mission statements, which can be found on the "Who We Are" page. These are the core of FWC and the services we currently offer as well as those we will be offering in the future as we grow. We look forward to a long and productive healing and wellness relationship with all of you. Thank you for taking the time to visit our site. We look forward to meeting you.