I've had my masters degree in social work for 28 years, so I'm letting you know my bias up front. If you are seeking therapy, it is very important that you ask the therapist about their treatment philosophy but also about their background and training. Psychologists have more training in psychological testing, but aren't necessarily better or worse therapists. You definitely want someone who has some experience working with chronic pain and chronic disease and hopefully some exposure working with doctors and hospitals. It is really ok if they don't know specifically about Crohn's...you can direct the therapist to the ccfa website and teach
him/her about your own experience of it. Furthermore, your personalities need to "click." If you are not feeling like the therapy is helpful after the first 2-3 sessions, then you probably need a different therapist.
Some social workers do not do therapy, but instead are in a role to help with community resources, community advocacy etc. You weren't specific about your purpose in seeing a social worker. Social workers and psychologists do not prescribe medication. If you are needing medication for depression or anxiety, you need to see your family doc or a psychiatrist, but the therapist should be collaborating with them in your care. I hope this helps!
51 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
currently taking Pentasa- 4 500mg pills per day, Metamucil and colace for constipation, probiotics