Bonnie Barclay, LCSW

Owner and Clinical Director of Creekside Counseling + Wellness, Certified EMDR Therapist, EMDRIA Approved Consultant

Bonnie Barclay, LCSW

Bonnie’s Experience

I earned both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Tennessee and have worked in the mental health field for 28 years.

As a trauma specialist, I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based treatment and comprehensive therapy along with other complementary treatment approaches. My clinical interests and expertise include working with women in all stages of life who struggle with anxiety and panic, phobias and fears, stress, grief, PTSD, recent/single incident trauma, medical and birth related trauma, as well as developmental and relationship trauma. I enjoy seeing insights occur and feel privileged to have the opportunity to partner with clients as they make changes in their lives. 

My Approach & Values

My therapy style is supportive, trauma sensitive, and interactive. My own personal experience overcoming trauma gives me a deep empathy and understanding with my clients. Raising two athletes that now compete at a collegiate level, also gives me insight into the pride and pressures of being a competitive athlete. I provide both traditional weekly therapy as well as EMDR Intensives.

Commitment to the Community

I co-coordinate the East TN chapter of the Trauma Recovery Network through the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (HAP). The East TN TRN maintains a network of EMDR clinicians trained in the EMDR Early Intervention protocols who are available to respond to local events involving gun and interpersonal violence. Services are made available to adults, children, and groups who have been impacted by these events.

We also provide opportunities to educate local communities and their leaders on the efficacy of EMDR therapy employed as part of an early intervention response to trauma.

Advanced Training

Witnessing the positive shifts in my EMDR clients in session, inspired me to seek out advanced training in this powerful modality.

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) for EMDR Therapists, Bruce Hersey, LCSW 2019
  • Mindfulness, Attunement, and Resonance in EMDR Treatment of Complex PTSD, Irene R. Siegel, Ph.D., LCSW  2019
  • Polyvagal Theory: A Foundation for EMDR TherapyBarbara Horne MASc, RP, RMFT, 2019
  • Effectively Tracking Resiliency Using a Somatic Focus, Craig Penner, LMFT, 2019
  • Demystifying and Humanizing Dissociation in EMDR Therapy Practice, Jamie Marich, Ph.D., 2019
  • Ethics and Supervision in EMDR Therapy, Anna Schott, LISW-S and Suzi Rutti, LISW-S, 2020
  • The Dance of Attachment: An EMDR Relational Approach, Deany Laliotis, LICSW, LCSW-C, 2020
  • Recent Event Protocol With Homicide Survivors and Victims of Other Violent Crimes, 2021
  • Integrating Creative Art Therapies and EMDR with Complex Clients 2021
  • EMDR 2.0
  • Simplifying Complex PTSD: New Treatment Approaches
  • EMDR for Complex Trauma-A tool for case conceptualization
  • EMDR Therapy Protocols for Early Intervention and Ongoing Traumatic Stress


  • Licensed Clinical Social, State of Tennessee, LSW 3586
  • Certified EMDR Therapist
  • EMDRIA Approved Consultant