“Seeing a Clinical Social Worker before seeing other mental health professionals is good because the Clinical Social Worker is specifically trained to view the whole person in their whole environment. In this ‘PIE model’, life issues are not automatically viewed as symptoms of a mental disorder and problematic behavior patterns are not assumed to be without explanation.
The CSW will assess ALL variables looking for biological, sociological, environmental, psychological, and even spiritual influences. Because CSW’s are trained to assess people this way, you can be comfortable knowing that multiple considerations will be at work in your treatment plan— “if treatment is needed at all.”
Because you need to be comfortable with whoever you choose as your therapist, you may want to consider asking for an initial session simply to quiz the professional about his/her assessment, diagnosis and treatment perspectives. Some professionals provide an initial consultation free of charge.