Mental Health Professional
Ruth Cajahuaringa is a mental health professional in the community based crisis stabilization program at STLCFD. She graduated from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Cajahuaringa has an undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies and minors in Health Care-Social Issues, and Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. In her current position at STLCFD Ms. Cajahuaringa provides in-home crisis stabilization services to children, adolescents and families. The goal of the program is to teach individuals and families the skills that prevent out-of home placement and stabilize families. Ms. Cajahuaringa uses a variety of modes of therapy and treatment. This can range from individual and family therapy, skill development, parent education, to collaboration with other community providers, referral and advocacy for additional resources. She has received training in trauma-focused CBT, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy and is becoming experienced in Prolonged Exposure. Ms. Cajahuaringa is proficient in Spanish. Her interests include working with underserved youth and family populations with a history of trauma. She is a member of STLCFD’s DBT consultation team and is a DBT skills group leader.