Professional and Confidential Services

Business Hours-Messages returned Mon. thru Thurs.
Mon: 10:00-4:30 Fri. 9:30-12:30
Tues.Wed.Thurs 8:30a.m-7:30p.m
Mike W. Sat: 11-6pm

Office Location
3719 Union Rd. Ste 122
Cheektowaga, NY 14225

Most Insurance Accepted


Call 716-783-0407
for more details and to
schedule an appointment

About Brightside Counseling Services

Cheektowaga/Tonawanda/Buffalo, NY (DB


"To help you to be the best you can be" by:

  • Reaching healthy emotional, spiritual and physical balance
  • Finding solutions/alternate strategies to cope with current life stressors.

Wellness and treatment services are available to help de-stress, lower anxiety and treat depressive symptoms.

About our team of providers....


Charmaine Fanara, owner, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, (LCSW-R) who has provided counseling for 28 years in a variety of counseling settings. She treats those age 15 years old and older.She treats those with PTSD, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, grief loss and personality disorders. Charmaine accepts IHA,Univera,BC/BS,Cigna,Aetna,Excellus,Value Options,Emblem Health, Ticare, NYS Empire plan,Humana and other insurances, plus Employee Assistance benefits.

She has three Master's Degrees including a Master's in Social Work, graduate of SUNY Buffalo, a Master's in Divinity graduate of Northeastern Seminary, and a Master's in Public Administration graduate of SUNY Brockport.

Charmaine is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce.

She provides counseling at both locations.

Mike Wright, LCSW-R is an independent contractor with over 21 years of experience. Mike has a specialization in providing alcohol and substance abuse counseling. He specializes in addictions, OCD, teens age 14 years old plus he counsels for couples issues, grief/loss, anxiety and depression. Currently Mike accepts IHA, BC/BS, Univera, UBH, Cigna and some EAP benefits.

MIKE OFFERS Counseling sessions on Tuesdays/Saturdays only at the Cheektowaga office .

Lisa Chisum, LCSW-R is an independent contractor with over 14 years mental health experience. She provides counseling for children age 10+, teens, parents and marital and individual counseling. She has experience with multi-systemic therapy. Lisa accepts BC/BS, IHA and Univera insurance plus Employee Assistance Benefits.

She provides counseling services at both locations.

Your satisfaction with Brightside Counseling Services is important to us.

Serving Genesee, Erie, and Niagara Counties