This is a single case study, using hermeneutic phenomenology. It will follow the journey of a six year old boy through art therapy with a final year trainee art therapist. The trainee is studying at Queen Margaret University. The therapeutic relationship developed around the child’s need for adult attention, frustration at the setting of boundaries and deprived early years’ experiences. It also explores the relationship between emotional processing and verbalization & how important experiences of messy play and art making. All of the above themes are looked at while keeping the cross – cultural contexts of the client and trainee therapist in mind.