Takavengwa (Taka) Ziwenga - Clinical Nurse Specialist

Taka qualified as a Registered Nurse Mental Health (RNMH) in 2004 and is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He is a member of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

He has had a varied career and has worked to support children and young people in a wide variety of settings including Feltham Young Offenders Unit.  More recently he has worked primarily for a variety of NHS trusts including SLAM, as a CAMHS Practitioner. He currently also works as a Psychiatric Liaison Nurse on a local Paediatric Ward.

Takavengwa (Taka) Ziwenga - Clinical Nurse Specialist

Over the years he has been involved in assessing and managing complex cases including the following presentations: low self-esteem, anxiety, ADHD, depression, OCD, eating disorders, self-harm, ASD and psychosis.   His role has necessitated providing consultation to other professionals and offering direct assessment and treatment to young people and their families.

He is particularly interested in working with young people with depression and anxiety and has extensive experience of this through his work in a community CAMHS setting.

Taka has co-facilitated parenting programs using the Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P) and Strengthening Families as well as the Strengthening Communities (SFSC) parenting program. This enables him to work very effectively with parents and children struggling with neurodevelopmental difficulties.

Taka uses a wide range of different interventions including CBT based therapy, solution-focused therapy and family intervention/parenting work. His aim is to provide patients with a safe, person-centred, secure environment where individuals can receive the appropriate care and treatment required to meet their emotional needs and achieve a positive outcome.

Taka is very approachable and is always keen to make a positive difference for young people and their families. He is a creative and calm practitioner who is able to engage reluctant and dysregulated young patients. He can be best described as an excellent listener and an empathetic nurse who is able to engage his patients at their lowest point in order to work collaboratively to improve their situation, whatever that might be.

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