Finding Strength in the Face of Foreclosure: Practical Guidance from a Foreclosure Defense Attorney and Financial Advocate

Aug 18, 2023 | Foreclosure

In my role as a Foreclosure Defense Attorney and financial advocate, I’ve witnessed firsthand how the strain of foreclosure can significantly impact one’s mental well-being, giving rise to feelings of anxiety and overwhelm. It’s essential, however, to recognize that these emotions are entirely normal and valid.

A recent client, a single mother facing foreclosure due to unforeseen medical bills, grappled with the weight of perceived failure and was engulfed by anxiety and fear. Through attentive listening and the sharing of coping strategies, we collaboratively developed a tailored plan that proved effective for her. Here are three key points I conveyed to her, which may also offer guidance to others navigating the challenges of foreclosure:

  1. Prioritize Self-Care: Amid the stress of foreclosure, it’s easy to overlook self-care. Attending to your physical and emotional well-being is crucial for better anxiety management. Allocate time for activities that bring joy and relaxation, such as exercise, reading, or quality time with loved ones. And don’t hesitate to seek professional help if needed.
  2. Focus on What You Can Control: The prospect of foreclosure can breed a sense of powerlessness and uncertainty. Mitigate anxiety by concentrating on elements within your control rather than those beyond it. If you find yourself unsure of where to begin, your attorney or financial advisor can assist in crafting a plan that involves taking small, manageable steps toward your goals.
  3. Seek Support: You don’t have to face foreclosure alone. Reach out to friends, family, or a professional counselor for support. Building a network around yourself can diminish feelings of isolation and instill a sense of empowerment.

By emphasizing self-care, concentrating on controllable factors, and seeking support, my client successfully navigated her anxiety and took strides toward a more promising future.

It’s important to acknowledge that managing anxiety and confronting the challenges of foreclosure can be daunting. Prioritizing self-care and seeking support when needed are integral components of this process. While it’s natural to feel overwhelmed, remember that support is available to guide you through this journey.

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I’ll talk to anyone who is currently behind on their mortgage, thinks they may not be able to afford their mortgage in the coming months, or is already in foreclosure. The earlier we talk, the more options you have.

… Sarah Poriss.

Sarah Poriss, Attorney at Law, LLC is the largest woman-owned foreclosure defense law firm in Connecticut, providing homeowners with quality legal counsel in foreclosure mediation and foreclosure defense.

Working at Consumer Law Group in Rocky Hill, Connecticut for four years, Sarah specialized in representing consumers facing financial crises like debt collection harassment and identity theft. Upon opening her own office, she expanded her focus to defending consumers sued by credit card companies and representing homeowners in foreclosure.

Sarah has elevated her practice by exclusively representing clients with money issues. She played a crucial role in drafting foreclosure mediation rules as a member of Connecticut’s Bench-Bar Foreclosure Committee for seven years.

Additionally, she contributed to the Bench-Bar Small Claims Committee to enhance clarity in small claims proceedings and ensure debt collectors provide substantial evidence to win cases.

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