This was very beautiful and also made me relate strongly since I'm actually a social worker (whose experienced mental health stuff of my own, and have seen a counselor for it) and its also literally always been my dream to interview supernatural beings. But this ghost sounds a lot like someone whose been through some worrying, troubling things that I can earnestly hear happening in real life. It almost makes me wonder if this game was inspired by someone the creator know personally or if this was in fact their own lived experiances (though, I'm merely speculating and fully respect the creator's creative process and the relative privacy they hold in regards to where inspiration came from, as I understand as they outlined in the description, its very sensitive and intimate for them).
This game reads like a beautifully raw and empathetic dialogue based off of a conversation that would actually take place with someone whose been through some shit. I can't fully comment on the therapist/psychiatrist, because there are some things I'd have done or said differently, like letting the ghost know that they're in a safe space for whenever it started to relive trauma/abuse, but even their end of the dialogue sounds realistic through thoughtful questions and comments I'd hear a counselor bring up.
The ghost and the interface are gorgeous, as morose as the context and appearance of the situation and the ghost may actually be. I just realized while typing right now that with the story and visuals it's like if Majora's Mask was given a gritty reboot in a single small "game", and even fits with the themes of reincarnation/ rebirth/ coming to terms with mortality and the theme of experiencing hardship and depression in life.
It really IS a visual novel. Even though others may not have found it as palatable or may have felt off about it (evidenced by the disclaimer at the beginning, unless that was just the creator safeguarding themselves in case of anyone who felt the need to be overly critical), I felt like getting to interact with this work in this interactive fiction format was the best possible way it could have been done, and Im deeply appreciative of the creator's work and the emotional process it must have been to get this all out here.
I especially adored and appreciated the relationship and feelings expressed between the therapist and ghost near the end when the feels got real for the therapist.
Also, the scissor snipping sound effect was addictive, and reminded me of Edward Scissorhands.
Edit: I broke my original review up into paragraphs.