Anything that helps BD is good, whether it is therapy directed at him, or from him doesn’t matter. If he feels more important by being a willing listener, then great! I was a student at a VA hospital. The staff were better with the patients than at the “Christian” hospital I later worked at. And the Doctors at the VA were always ready to help in an emergency situation, unlike too many in private practice. The VA is great, but they take care of a lot of people who have reached their limit and beyond, so the care doesn’t always seem as productive/kind/wonderful as it is!