Mariposa Women & Family Center is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in women's health issues. These include counseling, mental health, drug and alcohol support, domestic violence, community workshops, and professional training. Since our inception, we have been passionate about improving the health of our local communities through the well being of women, their children, and their families.
At Mariposa, we offer therapy services to more than 2,200 women each year. We are one of the only women-specific substance abuse treatment programs in Orange County. We believe it is critically important to offer women-specific substance abuse treatment programs because women with a history of trauma or abuse are more likely to recover in gender-specific treatment programs that address these factors.
More often than not, women’s addiction comes with complicating factors such as mental health issues related to depression, anxiety, or trauma. Our counselors at are professional, caring women who take an integrated approach to treatment by addressing all interrelated issues with appropriate therapies and services.
Mariposa’s story is one of growth and evolution. Founded in 1977 by Fran McGowan, she saw a need for gender-specific alcohol abuse treatment for women; Mariposa staff quickly recognized the link between substance abuse and mental health, and soon added gender-specific mental health care to tackle these often-linked challenges for the women of Orange County.
Over its many years of service, Mariposa has diversified its counseling program to include services for the whole family. Today, Mariposa is considered to be a trusted source for counseling and therapy in Orange County and is working to become a leading organization in mental health services for the region.
Mariposa Women & Family Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for women and families in Orange County by providing high quality, specialized therapy services.
Mariposa Women and Family Center is a safe harbor for women and families from diverse socio-economic communities who receive a high standard of supportive care.
Our Mission Statement
“Empowering women & families to achieve positive changes in their lives.”
Programs & Services
At Mariposa, Spanish for “butterfly”, counselors help clients through their metamorphisis of healing and learning new life skills.
Executive Leadership Team
Dr. Krista Driver, LMFT
As the CEO of Mariposa Women & Family Center, Krista Driver has a natural affinity for empowering women and families to make positive changes in their lives. The first four years of Krista’s life were spent in foster care; her mother was just 15 years old when she gave birth to her. Despite her best efforts, Krista’s birth mother was unable to care for her baby, and Krista was adopted just before her 4th birthday. Krista determined early on that she was going to create a better life for herself and that has always fueled her work at Mariposa Women & Family Center: to create a place for people to heal and to discover a better life for themselves.
Krista earned a doctorate in Psychology from the American Behavioral Studies Institute at age 25 and became a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. She opened a private practice and worked in an inpatient facility before taking a Director position at Mariposa Women & Family Center in 2011. Not long after joining the leadership team at Mariposa, Krista became CEO.
During Krista’s years as CEO at Mariposa, she has become an expert in program development, nonprofit business strategies, and developing clinical best practices. In 2016, she was recognized with an award for outstanding contributions in the field of mental health by the Mental Health Association of Orange County. Krista is a published author and her new book is out in 2019 called Mani/Pedi - A true life Rags to Riches story.
In her time away from Mariposa, Krista enjoys reading, painting, and photography.
President & CEO
Dr. Krista Driver, LMFT
CalWORKs Program Director
Tina Rossi, LCSW
Director of Operations
Community Counseling Program Director
Megan Mallon, LCSW
CalWORKs Program Administrator
Board of Directors
Diane Wittenberg, CPA
Treasurer Partner – Audit & Business Advisory Services Haskell & White LLP
Secretary True North Transitions
Snell & Wilmer
CIC Chapman University Communications and Operations Manager
Office of Community Relations
Mariposa is proud to partner with a wide range of agencies, businesses, and organizations that provide important assistance in achieving our mission. We are extremely grateful for the relationships and partner network we have built.