I didn’t miss your meaning, I simply disagree. When you go to a therapist, you’re hiring them for their expertise and training, just like with any doctor, or any professional, for that matter. Most people make excuses for their bad behavior because they like their status quo or change is too hard, so it’s a therapist’s job to essentially help them get better. Celeste not only puts herself in dangerous and violent situations, but she makes excuses for it. The therapist here is trying to get Celeste to see this pattern and confront it. If she just sat back and “listened,” Celeste would continue to talk about all the “joy” Perry brought to her life.