Many of us have committed to making changes that will allow our best selves to shine through. And in most instances, we know precisely how to get the help we need to facilitate this change.

For instance, if we want to get into good physical shape, we know to head to our local gym and get help from a personal trainer. If we’re going to eat better to prevent disease, we ask our doctor to refer us to a licensed nutritionist.

And when we want to work on our mental and emotional health, we know we should seek support from a licensed mental health therapist. But finding the right one can seem overwhelming to many and stop them from getting the help they need.

With this in mind, here are some tips on finding the right therapist in your local town or city:

Ask for Personal Recommendations

There was a time the topic of mental health was considered taboo. But luckily, those days are behind us, and many people are now open to seeking therapy. You may very well have a friend or family member who has or is currently working with a therapist they love.

Ask Your Doctor

Suppose you already have a good relationship with a doctor, dentist, or medical professional who honors your confidentiality. In that case, they are a great resource to tap into about a mental health professional referral since they are connected to many people in the medical field.

Use Your Insurance Company

Suppose you are one of those lucky individuals with an insurance company with a stellar customer service department. In that case, ask them to suggest a therapist in your network whom they have vetted.

Do an Internet Search

If you have no one you can personally ask, then you will need to perform an internet search for therapists in your local area. One of the best places to start your search is Psychology Today’s website. This site has a comprehensive list of therapists from around the country. In other words, a therapist can only be listed on this site if and when they can prove they have a legitimate advanced degree in their discipline and an up-to-date professional license or certification.

Let this year be the year you deal with any issues you may have so you can begin living your best life!