Charis foundation

is a non-profit making registered charitable Company Limited by Guarantee. As an inter-denominational Christian agency we work with three distinct projects:





The vision to provide a free counselling, and training and retreat service for the community of Fife and beyond was fulfilled in the realisation of the charitable trust established in 1991.


There are times in all our lives when we feel unable to cope. Sometimes the causes of these problems seem fairly clear and we know where to turn for assistance. At other times our problems are difficult to understand and we can find no answer from our own resources or contacts.


Charis training enjoys a rich working relationship with CPCAB, with numerous courses designed and delivered over the last 17 years. All trainers are CPCAB approved and bring a range of experience and different theoretical approaches. Update on Diploma qualification – from 2022 graduates from the Charis Diploma in therapeutic counselling (CPCAB Level 4) also receive BACP practitioner qualification.


Charis retreat offers a variety of themed Christian retreats, providing input and space for private reflection and meditation. The retreats can be at a venue of your own choosing or at the Charis foundation premises.


On 12 May 2003 Charis foundation (formerly Fife Christian Counselling Centre) received a letter from the office of Her Majesty the Queen to say that we had won the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award 2003 for services to the community.

contact us

01592 744632
Address: 232 High Street, Leslie, Glenrothes, Fife, KY6 3DB, Scotland

Who are we


About us

Charis foundation is a non-profit charitable Company Limited by Guarantee, serving the community of Fife and beyond since 1991, through three distinct projects in the provision of:

• Free professional counselling to anyone in need, regardless of social status, age, religious or philosophical belief, etc
• The design and delivery of all levels of training for those involved in counselling and the caring professions
• Christian retreats for individuals or small groups and one-to-one spiritual direction/faith accompaniment


Who is it for

Charis counselling service is available to anyone; as an individual you may self-refer by contacting us directly for an appointment, either by telephone, letter or calling in to the agency personally. 

As a statutory body, agency/organisation or church you may wish to make an official referral in writing on behalf of someone. Contact will then be established and maintained with the person who has been referred.


What do we offer

We are delighted to confirm our 3 year part-time Diploma programme starts in September 2023.  The first step in this programme, the Charis Certificate in counselling skills (CPCAB Level 2) is now full.

Graduates from this course may apply for the second step, that is the Charis Certificate in counselling studies (CPCAB Level 3) to be delivered February to July 2024. 

Waiting list

Due to overwhelming demand, we must at times close our waiting list, please contact us by either email or phone on 01592 744632, to find out the current situation.

In the meantime, you may wish to try one of the following alternative agencies:
Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87
Talk Matters (Dunfermline)-
Harbour Counselling (Perth) –
Interactions Counselling & Support Service (Kirkcaldy) –
Hope Counselling (Dundee) –
The Spark 0808 802 0050
Relationships Scotland 0345 119 2020
DAPL (Drugs, Alcohol & Psychotherapies Limited): 01333 422277
FRASAC (Fife Rape & Sexual Assault Centre): 01592 642336
Self-Harm Network Scotland

Charis Foundation
232 High Street