Professional and Confidential Services

Business Hours-Messages returned Mon. thru Thurs.
Mon: 1-6
Tues.,Wed.,Thurs.8:30 a.m.-8p.m.
Mike W. Sat: 12-7pm

Office Location
3729 Union Rd.
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 be the best you can be" by:

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

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 over 26 years in a variety of counseling settings. She treats those age 15 years old and older. Charmaine accepts IHA,Univera,BC/BS,Cigna,Aetna,Excellus,Medicare, Ticare, MVP 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.

Mike Wright, LCSW-R is an independent contractor with over 19 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.

Lisa Chisum, LCSW-R is an independent contractor with over 13 years mental health experience joined our staff to provide 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. We extend a warm welcome to Lisa.



Your satisfaction with Brightside Counseling Services is important to us.

Serving Genesee, Erie, and Niagara Counties