Recently we featured part one of an interview with Peer Specialist and Advocate Berta Britz about her views on listening, trauma, and being human. The interview continues here, beginning with a question about Berta’s relationship to her voices.
Relating to One’s Voices
Gabriel Nathan: Can you talk a little bit how your relationship to your voices, or with your voices, has evolved over time?
Berta Britz: I totally felt like I was a victim for many, many years. I felt powerless. I didn’t question it, so that both the messages from the voices, and the truth of the messages in the voices was so powerful, and I was so much just at their mercy. In my teenage years the medical profession told me, “Take this medicine and try to fight your voices.” I took the medicine and, whenever I had any energy, I fought. The harder I fought, the louder and meaner the voices would be. (more…)
Back in September, I had the opportunity to sit down with Berta Britz. Berta is a peer specialist at Creating Increased Connections, an organization devoted to expanding recovery supports and mutual aid groups in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. She is a facilitator of Hearing Voices groups and is one of the founders of the Montgomery County Hearing Voices Network, which she will discuss later in this interview.
I could rattle off an impressive list of Berta’s titles, credentials, achievements, awards, and honors, but I know that would only embarrass her — and besides, I’m reasonably sure the designation that matters most to her is “Friend.” I am honored to be able to call Berta Britz my friend, and it was in the spirit of that friendship that we enjoyed a wide-ranging, honest conversation over take-out and tea. Berta’s perspectives on mental health, hearing voices, relationships, recovery, and, yes, friendship are all explored in this two-part interview that I was proud to conduct, and that I hope you will enjoy.
Follow this link to read part two of the interview.
Gabriel Nathan, Editor