The Coleman Therapy Center is owned and directed by Catherine Coleman, and has been helping clients improve their communication for over 20 years.



Catherine Coleman, M.S. CCC-SLP

Catherine is a former George Washington University Clinical Supervisor and Adjunct Professor. Classes taught by Catherine were Voice and Diction, Language Disorders and Development, Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing, Augmentative and Alternative Communication methods, and a weekly clinical seminar.

Catherine believes that families play a crucial role in the therapeutic process. Families are always encouraged to join in therapy sessions when appropriate and typically receive a full explanation why certain therapies are used and how these can be reinforced in the home environment.

Catherine specializes in the treatment of Apraxia, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Swallowing disorders, IEP advocacy, and language intervention.

Catherine lives in Warrenton, Virginia.


Ashley Scott, M.S. CCC-SLP

Ashley earned a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from James Madison University.

She has worked in public schools and in the private setting for children presenting with language, articulation, and fluency disorders. She has experience treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, as well as those requiring augmentative and alternative communication. She enjoys working closely with families, teachers, and other therapists regarding client treatment plans and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

Ashley lives in Reston, Virginia.


Melissa Confer, M.A. CCC-SLP

Melissa has gained experience through working in the private practice setting, within the Arlington County Public Schools system, at a private school for special needs children, and through various camps.

Melissa enjoys working with a wide variety of children and adolescents, especially those with Autism, Down Syndrome, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, developmental disabilities, expressive and receptive language delays/disorders, articulation disorders, and reading disabilities.

Melissa lives in Warrenton, Virginia with her family.


Jennifer Appel, M.A. CCC-SLP

Jennifer has always been interested in language and communication. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Indiana University and a master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Maryland.

Jennifer has worked in private schools for children with emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges, as well as in private practice. She has experience working with children of all ages who demonstrate difficulties in the areas of articulation, motor planning, receptive and expressive language, executive functioning, reading, and spelling. She believes in a team approach to treatment, involving families, teachers, and other professionals whenever appropriate.

Jennifer believes that speech and language therapy should be efficient, functional, and fun. She currently lives in Leesburg, Virginia with her husband and four children.