Our Philosophy

What We Believe

Imagine that you have decided to join a gym, or even worse, that someone has made that decision for you.

Imagine that you have decided to join a gym, or even worse, that someone has made that decision for you. Maybe you need to reduce stress, lose weight, gain strength and coordination, or have another reason. And now imagine that the most scary place in the world to you is that gym. When you go there, you aren’t sure what to do. Everyone seems to do everything faster and better than you. On your own, you run for a bit on the treadmill, but quickly tire. The weight machines look very intimidating, so you avoid them. It becomes apparent very quickly that your gym membership is going nowhere quickly.

Now imagine that you meet a personal trainer. This person recognizes your anxiety and weaknesses but he or she also sees your potential. He or she clearly shows you what to do and won’t let you quit. At the end of your workout, you are so proud of yourself!

At Speak Freely Therapy Services, we are the “personal trainer for your brain”. Many of the individuals we support have anxiety. Many have tried therapy elsewhere and were unsuccessful. They often avoid tasks that require use of weaker skills, such as printing/hand-writing or talking with people. And they do not improve because they are not practicing in those areas. It can become a vicious circle. We believe that when clients pay for our services, we must facilitate the best results possible. That means that just like a personal trainer at the gym, we clearly teach, demonstrate and support our clients to help build their abilities. The results are quite often phenomenal! Individuals of all ages and abilities respond to having high expectations paired with consistent, positive support. They too are proud of what they can accomplish!


“Joyce Hignett and her staff are knowledgeable and thorough. They know when to push and when to let up. My child gets the full undivided attention of his therapist when he is at Speak Freely and I find he learns more in his one hour session than I ever expected. My child has been with Speak Freely Therapy Services since opening.”

– parent

“There are no ulterior motives at Speak Freely Therapy Services. These are dedicated professionals who give 100% of themselves with the best interest of your child in mind. Highly expert, friendly, compassionate, with a high degree of integrity: I trust them. Our son has been a regular there for over a year and the gains are amazing. He has grown so much with their help. We’ve used both the OT and speech services and highly, highly recommend.”

– JJ, parent and teacher

“As an educational consultant who has worked with Joyce Hignett over a period of years, I have become aware of her dedication and determination to provide the most comprehensive and effective strategies possible in order to improve the speech/communication issues of her clients. I have been particularly impressed with her very direct, practical approach and that she understands the importance of providing a functional, meaningful context for communication as an integral part of her service.”

– LN, teacher and independent consultant

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149 Welham Road, Unit 19
Barrie, ON L4N 8Y3

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