Business Appointment Hours
Mon: 9:00-4:00
Tues.Wed.Thurs 8:30a.m-7:30p.m Fri.8:30-12:30,
Mike 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/Williamsville, 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 life stressors.

Spiritual Wellness/ Counseling 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),MDIV, MPA, CHNC who has provided counseling for 30 years in a variety of counseling settings. She treats those age 16 years old and older.She treats those with PTSD, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder,Adult ADHD, grief loss and personality disorders.She also helps those in life transitions and with eldercare issues. Charmaine accepts Fidelis insurance, IHA,Univera,BC/BS,Cigna,Aetna,Excellus,Value Options,Emblem Health, Tricare, NYS Empire plan,Humana, Beacon 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.She is also a Certified Holistic Nutrition Consultant(AFPA).

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

She provides counseling at both locations.

Mike Wright, LCSW-R is an independent contractor with over 22 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, United Behavioral Health, Cigna, Beacon and some Employee Assistance 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 11+, teens, parents, and specializes in marital and individual counseling. She has experience with multi-systemic therapy. Lisa accepts BC/BS, IHA, Beacon and Univera insurance plus Employee Assistance Benefits.

Counseling solely at our Cheektowaga site.

Timothy Pieczonka, LMHC is an independent contractor with nearly 7 years mental health experience. He has a specialization in Pediatrics. He provides counseling to children 10+, teens parents and families. He specializes in improving interactions and communication and helps parents to set reasonable expectations of their children.He specializes in child and teen behavioral issues, peer relationships, oppostional defiance disorder,school issues, impulse control disorders, parents and resolving family conflict.He provides individual, couples and family counseling.Tim accepts Aetna, Beacon,Fidelis, Value Options, out of network beneifts and Univera, plus some Employee Assistance Benefits.

Counseling solely provided at Cheektowaga site.

Your satisfaction with Brightside Counseling Services is important to us.

* If your insurance deductibles are so high you are not able to follow up with counseling talk with our staff about possible alternatives.

Serving Genesee, Erie, and Niagara Counties

Counseling in Buffalo NY and surrounding areas.