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 EAP 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.

Unfortunately Corina will be leaving the practice ...If you are an LCSWR or licensed psychologist seeking part time per diem employment, please forward your resume by May 1st 2014.

Corina Garbacz, LCSW-R is an independent contractor with over 12 years of experience, who specializes with children ages 8-19y.o. and with parenting concerns. Corina has a background dealing with troubled youth and youth in a school setting. She has also provided parenting training. she sees adults for anxiety, depression and grief/loss issues. She currently accepts IHA, BC/BS and Univera and some EAP benefits.

Wellness Providers:

Sherri-Watters-Siena- Certified Nutrition Consultant

Learn about whole foods and proper natural nutritional supplementation today! Improve both your mental and physical health with proper diet.

Get on track with your nutrition.

Check out our wellness page for further details

Your satisfaction with Brightside Counseling Services is important to us.

Serving Genesee, Erie, and Niagara Counties