Safe Harbor Counseling

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Navigating the Currents of Life

As we navigate life, we all need the opportunity and support to evaluate our progress and re-chart our course.

We are Here to Help You

In life, we encounter turbulent waters. During times of rough water, we need the opportunity to evaluate our progress and re-chart our course. At Safe Harbor Counseling, we provide a convenient, quiet, and confidential place for children, adolescents and adults.

Safe Harbor Counseling therapists provide a warm, comfortable space where it is safe to discuss challenges and hardships in life.  At Safe Harbor Counseling, therapy is based on Christian principles which honor and respect the value of each person regardless of personal circumstances.

Contact us to schedule a counseling appointment today so we can help you find the strength and confidence you need to bring about lasting change. We are here for you.

About Dr. Beth Plachetka, LCSW

Founder, President, Therapist

Counseling Services

Dr. Beth Plachetka’s philosophy is, “No one makes positive changes based on criticism. It is by identifying and building on the individual’s strengths that effective and lasting change takes place. Speak truth with kindness.”  She brings this philosophy into all her counseling sessions for children, teens and adults.  She helps individuals who are seeking help with:

  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Parenting
  • Domestic Violence
  • Special Education Process
  • Asperger’s


Providing informative solutions to prominent topics in the workplace, school and community is Dr. Beth’s mission.  Her topics are relative to what is happening around us everyday.  Her topics include:

  • Workplace Bullying
  • Mental Health
  • Education
  • Classroom Management
  • Special Education
  • Behavioral Health
  • Ethics
  • Diversity
  • Specialized Workshops

Education / Prevention

Dr. Beth Plachetka has dedicated her life to a career of service both in the schools and in the community as:

  • Safe Harbor Counseling Owner/Therapist
  • McKane & Associates
  • School Social Worker Pre-12 Geneva 304
  • Youth Minister – Aurora Central Catholic High School
  • Professional Educator – Aurora Catholic Schools
  • Aurora Police Department
  • Community Counseling
  • Breaking Free

Because of her dedication to the community, she has won the Kane Co. RJ Mades Educator of the Year 2006.  She is a member of NSSW, and National Speakers Association.  She has truly has shown what service means.

Dr. Beth’s Tip

The nervous system controls our body’s reaction to stress, nervous feelings or anxiety. When feeling anxious or nervous, you can shift the response of the nervous system simply by doing a new action. A discreet action using one hand could be to touch each finger with your thumb. Do it slowly, methodically a couple of times until you feel calmer.


The Power of Caring!

With the spread of COVID - 19 and the continued stay at home orders, anxiety and stress is on the rise.  We are focused on our needs, wants and how to stay healthy. How do we reduce that anxiety and stress? Clinical Social Worker, Dr. Beth Plachetka from Safe Harbor...
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Your Life Matters! Listen Live Today and Every Monday at 8:55 AM.

Let's Help Others! In this time of uncertainty it is easy to focus on our immediate wants and needs, but by helping others, we can actually do more for ourselves. Listen to Clinical Social Worker, Dr. Beth Plachetka of Safe Harbor Counseling and Dr. Beth Speaks as she...
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You Are Not Alone!

With the new requirements of social distancing and the constant news about the Corniavirus our fears, anxiety and loneliness may be increasing.  During this time  where we are focused on our immediate needs like our family's health, enough food, our home, and our...
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Your Life Matters! Listen Live Today and Every Monday at 8:55 AM.

YOUR MENTAL HEALTH IS IMPORTANT! With the social distancing and the stay at home order, how do we get the mental healthcare that we need? Telemental Health may be an option to help you receive services at home. Listen to Clinical Social Worker, Dr. Beth Plachetka of...
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What Are Your Fears?

Today many of us have the same fears and panic with the daily updates and news about the Coronavirus. It is easy to let your fears and needs control you.  Don't give into the fear and panic, stay calm. Clinical Social Worker, Dr. Beth Plachetka from Safe Harbor...
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Why Clients Choose Safe Harbor Counseling…

“Beth’s insights into student behaviors and management always felt easy and intuitive due to her unique combinations of experiences and problem solving. She is a go-to for difficulties because she listens very well, and coaches in implementing practical and intuitive solutions. Her vast knowledge, experience and kind & confidential openness always creates a safe environment to ask for help without judgement or repercussion “Beth is smart, insightful and has a deep understanding students’ diverse needs balanced with a respect and understanding of the classroom environment.”

Ame Kazmer, LSB1, MAEL, Special Education Teacher, Geneva, IL

“I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve done. I have admired you as a woman, mother and professional. I have been blessed by your mentoring and friendship.”

Kelly V.

The Light is Always On.

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