Dr. Staat and The Yellow Umbrella: Philosophy
At the Yellow Umbrella, my mission is to help you find meaning, value, and hope in living by reconnecting you to your aliveness. I promote change, teaching you to overcome blocks (e.g. depression and anxiety) and to express yourself in ways both practical and creative.
I aim to provide:
*education about happiness and healing that is research based and proven effective
* pragmatic and poetic suggestions for moving forward
*modes of exploration and expression that suit all types of doers and thinkers
*ways to recover and honor parts of self you have lost
*connection to a supportive community of helpers and healers
I really listen. I like to throw in personal reflection, a little experimentation, and laughter and humor along the way.
You will feel heard & understood and walk away with new skills and tips that change your life forever..
Dr. Staat has more than 20 years experience as a licensed psychologist specializing in depth psychotherapy. She has been classicly trained but has also added to her work alternative methods which value the body as a source of psychological information.
Before forming the Yellow Umbrella, she worked in a
variety of mental health settings, including: university mental health, community
mental health, the military, the Department of Veteran's Affairs, private practice, the public schools, a children's hospital, and child guidance.
Dr. Staat has been a staff psychologist at: Baylor College of Medicine, Deer Park
school district, Neuse Mental Health Center, Community Wellness Center, the
Children's Developmental Services Agency, Womack Army Hospital, Texas Children's Hospital, and Houston Child Guidance Center. Dr. Staat opened Northstar Psychology so that
she could offer more individualized attention than is available in these larger
Professional Education & Training
Dr. Staat received a B.A. in psychology and English
literature from the University of Virginia.
She received a Ph.D. in general clinical psychology from the University
of Tennessee, a doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological
Association. She completed an internship
and postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where
she received specialty training in Child and Family Therapy. And, she attended
the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute, where she received specialty
training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy.
She is a certified EMDR practitioner.
Dr. Staat has been a member of the North Carolina Psychological Association, the NCPA Division of
Independent Professional Practice, the EMDR International Association, and the
Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. She has been elected into the North Carolina
Hobbies & Interests
In her private time, Dr. Staat enjoys water sports at
Wrightsville Beach. She and her husband
are avid sailors, surfers, and beachcombers.
Dr. Staat also enjoys salsa dancing, herb gardening, and writing. She has
written books in a variety of genres, including children's books and adult
If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact
Dr. Staat at 910-547-3093.