Therapy can offer comfort.
Having a regular time to hear yourself think out loud, explore your feelings and examine your experiences can be really helpful. Therapists try to pay close attention and hold what you are saying with the seriousness that it deserves. Which is not to say that there is not a place for humor!
I recently heard Cheryl Strayed, author of "Wild," say that the heart of empathy is holding people where they are and showing them where they can go. Therapy can help generate alternatives for dealing with specific issues. It can also help those who are having trouble reacting to or relating to others.
Therapy brings patterns into our consciousness so they can be honored for the purpose they once served. Once we know this purpose, we can evaluate or refine patterns so that they can serve us differently.