Safe Harbor Counseling



Counseling | Speaking | Education | Prevention

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 tips

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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Things Are the Same… and Different: Safe Harbor Therapists and New Ventures

At Safe Harbor Counseling, we embrace the concept of change while valuing the continuity of care provided by our dedicated team of therapists. We are thrilled to welcome Elizabeth Kingsbury-Puscas to our team and continue our mission of spreading awareness through presentations and new ventures. To our listeners and supporters, we extend our deepest gratitude. Your presence and engagement make a difference, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you on your mental health journey.

Maintain Your Identity While Managing Motherhood

When you consider the many ever-changing roles of motherhood, it’s easy to identify the stressors that can consume a mother’s days,” explained Dr. Beth Plachetka, LCSW, EdD. “The daily needs of family members coupled with the desire to raise strong, independent adults leads to constant evaluation and second-guessing. Stress builds, often resulting in symptoms of anxiety or depression. It’s difficult to remember who you were before you became mom. Consider these five tips to support maternal mental health.”

What Makes First Responders Unique: Understanding Their Challenges and Dedication

At Safe Harbor Counseling, we deeply appreciate the unique challenges faced by first responders and the unwavering dedication they bring to their roles. By recognizing their experiences, supporting their mental well-being, and implementing strategies to address the challenges they face, we can create a community that truly supports and honors these remarkable individuals. Together, let us prioritize the mental health of our first responders, because their lives matter.

Tax Day: Overcoming Anxiety and Taking Control

With the guidance of Dr. Beth Plachetka from Safe Harbor Counseling, we will empower you to take control of your tax-related worries and approach this annual event with confidence.

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

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