The goal of therapeutic intervention is to initiate improvement in how the client feels, thinks, and behaves. Modification of self-destructive behavior patterns will often be a focus, as in work with addiction and other self-harming behaviours.
Therapeutic intervention will typically be led or supported by a relevant, qualified professional or team of professionals. The intervention may be made directly, with the individual in difficulty alone. It may also involve family and friends of the individual needing assistance. In some instances, family members or other non-professionals may play a leading role in therapeutic intervention, with or without professional supervision.
For instance, in the case of addiction a therapist may support family members to deal more effectively with an addicted loved one. Therapeutic intervention might address any co-dependence or unintentional collusion to help the person get the help they need.