What is SYMBIS? 

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Listen to Les Parrott (co-creator of SYMBIS) discuss how a man can know if he’s personally ready for marriage, the myths people have about marriage that set them up for disappointment, and the conversations you should be having with your future spouse to help ensure you have a happy life together.


Research shows attending premarital counseling or education lowers couples rate of divorce by 31% and increases marital satisfaction and fulfillment by 30%.

“Les and Leslie are the go to couple for launching lifelong love. Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS) is right on the money” - Dave Ramsey Founder of Financial Peace University
“What SYMBIS does is nothing short of revolutionary” - Gary Chapman, Author of The Five Love Languages
“You can’t afford to miss out on all that SYMBIS has to offer” - Gary Smalley, Author of The Language of Love

SYMBIS was created by Drs. Les & Leslie Parrott of the Center for Relationship Development at Seattle Pacific University where Les is a Professor of Psychology and Leslie is a Marriage and Family Therapist. They are also the creators of the marriage matching function of eHarmony.

The SYMBIS Assessment is built on a growing mountain of research that reveals what is most effective when it comes to pre-marriage education. It explores a full range of issues - from relatively simple and static dimensions such as longevity of the relationship, critical skill-sets such as communication, and all of the complexities of joining two sets of personality dynamics.