Similar to a therapist, I want to learn about them. I also want to be a gentle voice to help them figure out their issues and gain insight on solving them. That's not part of the job description, but it is a factor of my compassion for them.
As I listen and write what they tell me, I'm frequently amazed to have an author say, "I didn't know that was how I felt until I saw the words you wrote." When I hear such responses, I'm proud to be a ghostwriter.
As a collaborator, I listen, I accept,
and I also help authors understand themselves.