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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.


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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.

“Beth Plachetka is amazing! I openly will tell anyone, SHE saved our son’s life and ours.  It is not an over night solution.  You and/or your family have a lot of work to do but she will guide you thru all of it.  Thank you Beth for all you have done for our family.” 

Sue Forni Rasich

The Light is Always On.

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