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Nicole Michalik

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I love that therapy has become so normalized.  Even dealing with friends, family, coworkers, having self awareness and knowing how to communicate is so incredibly important.

 Here are the details from the new issue of People:

In her new poetry book Feel Your Way Through, Kelsea writes about how her parents’ divorce when she was young affected her future relationships and views on marriage.

“I swore I was never going to get married,” Ballerini, 28, tells PEOPLE, adding that her parents had a “super-messy and really drawn-out” split. “For so long, I just viewed their marriage as their divorce. As I got older, I was able to have conversations with them both about their marriage, pre-divorce and realized that there was beauty there, there was love there at some point. That helped me realize that I could find that.”

“Because of my parents’ divorce and the way that they loved me through it in their own ways, I have a different idea of marriage, but I would think I have a healthier idea of marriage,” Ballerini says. “I don’t see it as a fairytale-esque, ride-off-into-the-sunset kind of thing. It’s work, but it’s worth it.”

“We go to couples therapy all the time,” she adds. “We have really good couples friends that we vacation with, but we also can sit down with and have the hard conversations.”