Bachelor of Psychological Science with First Class Honours

Completing Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology

Completing the Clinical Psychology Registrar Program

Member of the Australian Psychological Society, the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and the APS College of Forensic Psychologists

Biography – Holly Smallbone

Holly enjoys working with individuals of all ages and across a range of different backgrounds. Holly has a warm, empathic and non-judgmental therapeutic style and aims to build strong and trusting therapeutic relationships. She believes that a strong client-therapist relationship is key for therapeutic change. Holly uses a client-centred approach whereby each client is viewed as an active participant in the therapeutic process. As such, therapy goals and treatment plans are established collaboratively. Holly draws from evidence based interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). In addition to clinical work, Holly is currently working on her PhD, which focuses on the wellbeing of children of prisoners.


Dennison, S., Smallbone, H., Stewart, A., Freiberg, K., & Teague, R. (2014). ‘My life is separated’: An examination of the challenges and barriers to parenting for Indigenous fathers in prison. British Journal of Criminology, 54 1089-1108.

Dennison, S., & Smallbone, H. (2015). “You can’t be much of anything from inside”: The implications of imprisoned fathers’ parental involvement and generative opportunities for children’s wellbeing. Law in Context (Children of Prisoners Special Edition), 61-85.

Dennison, S., Smallbone, H., & Occhipinti, S. (2017). Understanding how incarceration challenges proximal processes in father-child relationships: Perspectives of imprisoned fathers. Journal of Developmental and Life Course Criminology, 3(1), 15-38

van de Weijer, S., Smallbone, H., & Bouwman, V. (2018). Parental imprisonment and premature mortality in adulthood. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology, 4(2), 148-161.

van de Weijer, S., Smallbone, H., & Bouwman, V. (2020). Family formation patterns of children who experienced parental imprisonment. Advances in Life Course Research, 43, 1-11.