Dr Debbie Bethlehem
Consultant Speech and Language Therapist
PhD, MSc, BA
Dr Debbie Bethlehem has over 20 years experience working as a Speech and Language Therapist. Dr Bethlehem has worked both within the NHS and in an independent practice, and she has also lectured and been a clinical tutor for undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has a keen interest in neurological communication disorders in adults, as well as voice disorders.
At Spire Bushey Hospital, Dr Bethlehem sees people with voice disorders (caused for example y vocal nodules, muscle tension, vocal fold paralysis and so forth). She also sees people with acquired communication disorders (for instance, following stroke, head injury, Parkinson's disease). Dr Bethlehem also works with people who have dyspraxia, auditory processing disorders, or other communication difficulties that have persisted since childhood, manifesting as word finding problems or difficulties in expressing themselves.
Dr Bethlehem is a Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT) trained clinician, which is a gold standard therapy approcah for communication problems in Parkinson's disease. She is also a member of the British Voice Association (BVA) and the lead coordinator of the ASLTIP North-West London/Herts adult neuro local group.
Dr Bethlehem has a person-centred approach to assessment and management, with sessions lasting up to an hour, allowing for questions and concerns to be fully addressed. Session times and days can be arranged to suit personal preferences.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Dr Debbie Bethlehem at Spire include:
Spire Bushey Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice
British Voice Association