Martin and Marion Shirran

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Martin and Marion Shirran own and run the Elite Clinics in Fuengirola, Spain; where they use a combination of therapies to successfully treat a wide range of problems. They are the pioneers and trade mark owners of the Gastric Mind Band therapy, Pause Button Therapy and TactileCBT all of which have received world wide acclaim, since the publication of their first book Shirran’s Solution the Gastric Mind Band in 2010 they have divided their time between treating private clients both at their clinic and internationally and the training and accreditation of therapists from other parts of the world.


Martin and Marion are both registered in the UK with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. Marion is also a member of the UK IBS Register. During 2005 Martin undertook additional training and gained a primary certificate in R.E.B.T. (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) at the School of Psychology at Birmingham University, he is also a member of the United Kingdom Society for Behavioural Medicine and the International Hypnosis Research Institute. They both hold Diplomas in Clinical Hypnotherapy, and are certified and registered with the American Board and British Institute of Hypnotherapy. Pause Button Therapy is used at their clinic to underpin all interventions.

The initial development of the Pause Button Therapy was undertaken at their Elite Clinic where they continue to provide the therapy to individuals presenting with a wide range of physiological problems. The work of Martin and Marion has received considerable coverage in the worlds media, resulting in them being invited to New York to feature in a Good Morning America TV special.


Martin and Marion fully appreciate that the further development of Pause Button Therapy, along with TactileCBT would not of been possible without the considerable help and assistance of Dr Sarah Clarke. Further assistance is also acknowledged from both Dr Theano V Kalavana and Gay Jones.


Dr Sarah Clarke is a chartered psychologist with over 10 years experience working in the fields of social, clinical and forensic psychology. She is qualified to administer a range of psychometrics and psychological assessment tools, and is a member of the British Psychological Society (Divisions of Forensic and Clinical Psychology).

Having achieved a first class honors degree in psychology, gaining two additional awards of special recognition (for the best research thesis and best graduating student), Sarah went on to gain a Masters Degree in psychological research methods, being awarded her PhD in 2007 for research into social psychology. During the course of her postgraduate studies, she worked as a part-time lecturer at the University of Plymouth and subsequently joined The Open University as an Associate Lecturer on a level two undergraduate psychology module.

In 2012, Sarah joined Martin and Marion to assist develop and disseminate Tactile Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Pause Button Therapy. Sarah joined Martin and Marion in the presenting of details of Pause Button Therapy - TactileCBT at the 2nd International Conference of Time Perspectives at Warsaw University in Poland.


Dr Theano V Kalavana

Dr Theano V Kalavana who received her PhD in the area of Health Psychology in 2007 from the University of Cyprus. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Philosophy, Education and Psychology, with Specialization in Psychology at the National and Capodistrian University of Athens, Greece and she received her Master of Science in Health Psychology from the University of Surrey, UK.

Her main area of research focuses on the contribution of Self-regulation cognition's and skills in altering health behaviours. In 2007 as a Fulbright Scholar she traveled to the USA (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Mind Body Center (PMBC) and the Wellness Institute, Memorial Hospital of the Northwestern University Chicago) for her further training on Self-regulation and Health.


Gay Jones

Gay Jones is an educationalist who has specialised in school improvement and change for over two decades. After completing her Bachelor of Education with First Class Honours at Birmingham, she went on to complete a Master of Arts degree at Warwick University.

Gay has been instrumental in developing programmes to raise standards in writing and numeracy, transform learning environments, improve family involvement and implement emotional literacy strategies. She has developed and delivered a range of training programmes for staff at all levels.


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