Our Team


The mission of Synergy Counseling is to walk alongside you in a collaborative, therapeutic relationship built on empathy and trust, to help you create the life you want. Using your strengths and our expertise in compassionate, evidenced-based therapy, we will help you get to the root of your challenges and make the permanent changes you want in your life.



Marianne S. Coad

Marianne has a Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Marianne has over 20 years of experience working in the mental health field with individuals, couples, and families ranging in ages 16 to 86 years old. Marianne is the Clinical Director of Synergy Counseling, LLC.

Marianne began her career working at Rapha, an adolescent and adult psychiatric inpatient facility, and enjoyed every moment of helping her clients make permanent, positive changes to their lives. It was at this time that Marianne became an expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Couples Counseling and Family Therapy using a variety of evidenced-based practices to equip clients with the necessary tools for change. She is skillful and compassionate in helping couples repair and thrive in their marriages even in the midst of challenges such as infidelity, poor communication and major transitions. Marianne has great respect for her clients and admires their courage to seek help as the first step is often the most difficult.

Throughout the years, Marianne has gained expertise in treating trauma. She had the privilege of working as a Military and Family Life Counselor serving all military branches including Soldiers of the Army Special Forces and Marines of the Presidential Helicopter Squadron One. Marianne has won many awards including Military and Family Life Counselor of the Year. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidenced-based treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). Marianne is also trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), another evidenced-based treatment for PTS.

Marianne is a registered Supervisor with the Virginia Board of Counseling and supervises graduate students and post-graduate residents for licensure as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) and/or Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). In addition, she is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She is an approved AAMFT Supervisor Mentor and supervises licensed clinicians seeking to become AAMFT Supervisors. She also provides consultation for those wanting to become certified in EMDR.

Marianne has four adult children and has lived and traveled throughout the world. Her extensive travel has sensitized her to all walks of life and all manner of people. Marianne loves to explore new places, spend time outdoors, exercise, kayak, garden, and read.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, the best way to contact Marianne is via email at mariannesynergycounseling@gmail.com or 703-657-9721. Marianne offers therapeutic services at the rate of $250 for the initial session and $170 for each additional session. You may also like to read her reviews on healthgrades.com and see her profile on psychologytoday.com.


Ashley G. Borck

Ashley is in the final stages of earning her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University, intending to pursue licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  She works with individuals, including children as young as 4 years old, teenagers, as well as couples and families.  Ashley has experience in treating anxiety, depression and issues related to infertility, infidelity, communication, blended families, co-parenting, and career decisions.

Ashley appreciates that seeking out counseling services is seldom easy.  For some, it may be intimidating, for others empowering, and some approach it with skepticism.  Ashley’s incorporates evidence-based practices, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness, while recognizing that each person is unique and has a story to tell.  She is passionate about helping people find a renewed sense of purpose in their lives and their relationships.

Ashley has presented professionally to a variety of groups including the International Congress of Logotherapy, Virginia Central Counseling Symposium, schools, churches, and online.  She has facilitated pre-marital and marriage enrichment groups and assisted in launching a digital marriage curriculum for young couples and new parents. 

Ashley’s professional experience includes work at the Cleveland Clinic as a behavioral therapist, specializing in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and as an elementary school teacher where she utilized her BA in Early Childhood Education.  Additionally, she has extensive experience working with parents, helping them strengthen and develop practical skills to optimize their children’s formative years.  She has significant experience working with children of all ages and from many cultures on a variety of mental health issues presented in childhood. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys gardening, visiting museums, traveling, hosting family and friends, and reading books with a hot cup of tea.

Ashley is honored to be under the supervision of Marianne S. Coad, MAMFC, LMFT, LPC-S.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, the best way to contact Ashley is via email at ashleysynergycounseling@gmail.com or by calling 571-343-4273. Ashley offers therapeutic services at a discounted rate of $90 for the initial session and $60 for each additional session. You may also like to view her profile on psychologytoday.com. Ashley is currently accepting new clients.


Nicky Verster

Nicky views therapy sessions as an opportunity for you to reflect on your thoughts and feelings and how they relate to significant others in your life: your partner, your family, and your friends. She believes it is a time to have someone sit with you in your pain, to challenge your beliefs, and to help you find new ways of addressing the problems you face. She considers the overarching purpose of therapy to be helping you work toward living a life you love; a life you live with a sense of personal power. Nicky’s areas of concentration are adolescent issues, parenting issues, couples’ issues, family conflict, life transitions, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. 

Born in England and raised in South Africa, Nicky has lived on three continents. She had a lengthy career as an IT technical manager, and was co-owner of a family business. Nicky is married and has two adult children. She likes to travel and enjoys rowing, walking, yoga, knitting and doing puzzles.

Nicky is in the process of completing a Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Virginia Tech in Falls Church, Virginia. Her goal is to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She works under the supervision of Marianne S. Coad, MAMFC, LMFT, LPC-S.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, the best way to contact Nicky is via email at nickysynergycounseling@gmail.com or 571-290-8820. Nicky offers therapeutic services at a discounted rate of $90 for the initial session and $60 for each additional session. You may also like to view her profile on psychologytoday.com. Nicky is currently accepting new clients.


Paul W. Sarigianis

Paul is completing his second year of graduate work in Dallas Theological Seminary’s counseling program (D.C. campus). He is also a former Naval Officer, consultant, civil servant, and graduate of the C.S. Lewis Institute’s Fellows program for discipleship, where he felt led to pursue professional counseling. His goal is to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He works under the supervision of Marianne S. Coad, MAMFC, LMFT, LPC.

Paul believes that healing occurs within relationships built on trust, empathy, and commitment to a shared goal. Since college, he has helped those in his sphere of influence, both adolescents and adults, during times of trial and transition. Currently, he offers counseling at a reduced rate to men, women, and adolescents. The following are some of his areas of concentration: men’s issues, parenting issues, anxiety, depression, marital issues, codependency issues, life transitions, relationship issues, emotional healing, military issues, spiritual issues.

Paul will apply an eclectic therapeutic approach, using techniques that are based on the specific needs of the client. In order to address issues at their root, Paul will work to help his clients identify and attend to these issues in an environment of safety and privacy. He holds a Christian worldview, though he respects the worldview of any client, and will work to help them heal within a framework specifically tailored to their needs.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, the best way to contact Paul is via email at paulsynergycounseling@gmail.com or 703-591-2551 ext. 222. Paul offers therapeutic services at a discounted rate of $90 for the initial session and $60 for each additional session. You may also like to view his profile on psychologytoday.com. Paul is currently accepting new clients.


Susannah J. Volkers

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Susannah is in her final year of obtaining a Master’s Degree in Biblical Counseling at Dallas Theological Seminary (DC Campus). Susannah is actively pursuing a professional counseling license (LPC) in Virginia and DC, and is under the supervision of Marianne S. Coad, MAMFC, LMFT, LPC. Her specialty and passion is integrated, faith-based approach to counseling that emphasizes gospel truths.

Susannah’s background in a wide variety of contexts allow her to empathetically approach various life challenges, stressors, and suffering. She has lived overseas in Shanghai and Beijing, China, providing her with a unique, cultural sensitivity. She also possesses firsthand experience with teenage-international adoption. Susannah is proficient in speaking Mandarin Chinese. Furthermore, her prior career in corporate sales allows her to understand balancing professional and personal development, managing multiple stressors, meeting deadlines, and time management.

When it comes to an approach to counseling, Susannah utilizes Christian convictions to guide her clients to forward and sustainable change. She has past experience in working alongside clients with adoption, grief and loss, identity issues, life transitions, eating disorders, chronic illness, depression, and trauma. She is a certified and trained facilitator in Relate Strong Marital Therapy, a marital counseling program designed to improve marriage and relationship skills. She is available to counsel individuals,12 years and up, as well as couples and families. She is a member of Northern Virginia Licensed Professional Counseling (NVLPC), and Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS). She hopes to partner with you in a way that provides joyful, effective, and holistic care and counseling.

In her spare time, Susannah loves spending quality time with her husband Cody, especially outdoors. They are actively involved in their church, as well as enjoy entertaining, hiking, and traveling.

If you would like to schedule an appointment, the best way to contact Susannah is via email at susannahsynergycounseling@gmail.com or (703) 718-6168. Susannah offers therapeutic services at a discounted rate of $90 for the initial session and $60 for each additional session. You may also like to view her profile on psychologytoday.com. Susannah is currently accepting new clients.