The Yellow Umbrella


2018 Eastwood Road (Eastwood Executive Suites)
Wilmington, NC 28403




Who Is Dr. Staat?

A Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Jennifer Staat has more than 20 years experience helping people transform suffering into resilience. She has been practicing in Wilmington since 2002. In 2016 she was awarded the People’s Choice Award for outstanding therapist sponsored by Opencare. She works with individuals of all ages who are seeking relief. Her treatment approach is holistic—that is, she works to integrate body, mind, brain, and human connection to create healing. She takes both conscious and unconscious factors into account. She was classically trained in psychodynamic depth psychotherapy, but she also uses brain and body oriented techniques. These techniques help speed up treatment, deepen healing, and make connections between the knowledge in the mind and the wisdom in the body. Dr. Staat’s approach is ideal for anyone suffering from stress and trauma, depression, anxiety, PTSD, sexual or physical abuse, and OCD.

Professional Education & Training

Dr. Staat received a BA in Psychology and in 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 post-doctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, where she received specialty training in Child & Family Therapy. And, she attended the Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute, where she received specialty training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She is a certified EMDR practitioner. She has also completed the following specialty trainings:

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) – Immersion (40 hours)
  • Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) – Level 1 & 2 (32 hours)
  • Brainspotting – Level 1, 2, and Intensive Training (72 hours)
  • EFT Couple’s Therapy – Externship, Core Skills 1 & 2, Core Skills 3 & 4 (96 hours)
  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy – Level 1 (80 hours)
  • Traumatic Stress Studies/Justice Resource Institute – (70 hours)


Professional Experience

Dr. Staat founded Northstar Psychology, where she worked for 10 years; and, she has now launched the Yellow Umbrella. Dr. Staat has worked in a variety of mental health settings, including: the public school system; a children's hospital; several child guidance clinics; university mental health clinics; a community mental health center; an Army hospital; state agencies; and, private practice settings. Dr. Staat has been a staff psychologist at Texas Children's Hospital, Houston Child Guidance Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Deer Park School District, Neuse Mental Health Center, Community Wellness Center, the Children's Developmental Services Agency, Womack Army Hospital, QTC & VES {veteran's evaluation services). Dr. Staat joined private practice so that she could offer more individualized attention than is available in these larger settings.

Dr. Staat has been licensed to practice psychology in Virginia and Texas; and, she is currently licensed in the state of North Carolina.

Professional Affiliations

Dr. Staat is a member of the American Psychological Association, the North Carolina Psychology Association, the NCPA Division of Independent Professional Practice, the EMDR International Association, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Couple's Therapy. She has also been elected into the North Carolina Psychoanalytic Society.

Personal Interests

When not honing her craft, Dr. Staat enjoys the seaside with her husband. She is an avid sailboat racer and beginning surfer. She also enjoys salsa dancing. She likes to write and has completed a children's book, a book of poetry, and a fictional work. She is a pianist, guitarist, and is learning the cello.


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