The History of Pause Button Therapy

Gastric Mind Band Clinic - Spain

During 2005 at a small, British owned clinic in Southern Spain two therapists Martin & Marion Shirran formulated and registered a new approach/method to weight loss, The Gastric Mind Band, it attracted unprecedented levels of worldwide publicity and interest, exceeding all expectations.

The story regarding the origins of their work has been told many times in magazines, newspapers and in TV interviews in both the UK and the USA. The Gastric mind Band therapy, now the subject of the book – The Gastric Mind Band is now offered at licensed clinics around the world.

During the development phase a new therapy evolved, they combined Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Hypnotherapy and Guided Imagery, each being used to underpin the other, they named their new methodology 'Life Architecture Therapy'. They felt that the name so perfectly summed up what they were striving to achieve, the ability to enable anyone to truly become the architect of their life going forward, surely the birth right of us all.

During the ongoing research the couple became aware that an additional component in their Gastric Mind Band therapy package would enable them to further increase the level of successful outcomes. They wanted a method whereby the client could visually and mentally freeze time; allowing them to slow down events, allowing them to be able to really consider the outcomes and consequences of their planned actions, this was the initial 'seed' of the Pause Button Therapy.

This new component of the treatment proved to be the perfect tool, enabling their dieters to literally 'stop' or 'freeze' time before they sabotaged their dieting efforts. Its success and acceptance, by patients exceeded all expectations. A visual aid, a tangible device was deemed necessary to enable patients to continue to build on what they had learnt in therapy, this was achieved by the subsequent design and manufacturing of the pause button credit card. Clients seemed to like the fact that this was a part of therapy that they could see, touch and feel.

Everything else regarding the Gastric Mind Band Therapy is history. It has achieved a level of publicity on both sides of the Atlantic that is normally the restricted domain of the multi-million pound Pharmaceutical Organisations. However rather than that being the end of the story, it proved to be only the beginning, at their clinic when time allowed they continued to see clients with problems other than those around weight issues, including addictions and those suffering from panic attacks as an example.

Martin and Marion Shirran Once again, more by accident than design, a new situation developed. A client who was having sessions with Martin to overcome a terrible Anger Management problem arrived at the clinic for his weekly visit. During the session he picked up a Pause Button Card that had been left on the coffee table by the previous client and asked what it was, Martin explained how it was used in weight loss and how it could possibly be used in other areas of treatment; the client asked if he could keep it. When he returned the following week reporting how it had proved so useful, it was the start of a new journey, the establishing of a brand new stand alone therapy.

Sometimes in desperation, Martin started to incorporate Pause Button Therapy into the treatment plan of clients arriving at the clinic with a range of other conditions, as an example it was successfully used with clients reporting with cocaine addiction and Panic Attacks, it worked surprisingly well with couples in the arena of relationship counselling.

Pause Button Therapy has since successfully been incorporated in the clinics Stop Smoking, Bulimia, Depression, Road Rage and OCD therapy. It has been found to fill a real gap, void in available therapeutic approaches especially with clients not knowing how to 'stop' and maybe for the first time really consider the implications of the actions they were about to undertake.

The therapy was found to work particularly well with young patients, children effortlessly grasped the concept, and the idea of using a DVD player remote control to freeze time, required very little explanation. As an example it was used with children troubled by issues around truancy, bullying and anger. Informal discussions with therapists of various disciplines highlighted a real interest in the approach; there was universal agreement that there was a real need/place for something new, modern and an approach that was instantly understandable by the client/patient.

You can watch a selection of videos which explain Pause Button Therapy (PBT) on our YouTube channel.