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Daria Borislavova White, Ph.D.

Daria WhiteCore Faculty



  • Ph.D. Counselor Education and Supervision, James Madison University, 2017
  • M.A. Conflict Transformation, Eastern Mennonite University, 2012
  • M.A. Christian Counseling, Cairn University, 1998
  • B.A. Theology, Bulgarian Evangelical Theological Institute, 1997




Licenses and Certifications

  • DBT Certificate
  • VA Resident in Counseling

Field of Expertise

  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Peace-building


Dr. Daria White earned her Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision at James Madison University in 2017. She received the Women and Gender Studies Feminist Scholarship Award at James Madison University for her work with Bulgarian elderly women and the Outstanding Scholarship Award from the Department of Graduate Psychology at James Madison University for her dissertation research on joy and awe in four countries.

Dr. White is a native of Bulgaria and since 2014 – an American citizen. She has 20 years of experience in the fields of mental health counseling, social work, and peacebuilding. She has worked in the past with undergraduate students in need of mental health services; church leaders seeking direction for their congregations; domestic violence and sexual assault victims, refugees. A lot of Dr. White’s work has been focused on individuals who have experienced personal and communal, current and transgenerational trauma, understanding cultural and individual barriers to, and resources for resilience.

In her research and approach, Dr. White uses restorative justice and peacebuilding frameworks integrated with mental health counseling theory and practice. Dr. White has presented at national and international conferences, developed a traveling exhibit, and has authored professional publications. Dr. White has memberships in state and national counseling associations and has served in various leadership roles in the States and abroad.

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