There are a few reasons why people would engage in therapy with other people. For one, some people start therapy by themselves to work on what they may see as difficulty relating to someone in their family. If the problems are primarily with a spouse or significant other, couple’s therapy can be beneficial. However, it’s not unusual for an entire family to need a therapist’s help to understand each other or work through trauma.

In both cases, the goal of the therapist is not to solidify relationships, save marriages, or create a loving family. The goal is to enable people to fully express themselves and understand each other so they can work together—or break apart if that is what ultimately needs to happen.