Alice Sheldon

Alice Sheldon is the creator of Needs Understanding.

After graduating from Oxford University with an MA in Psychology and Neurophysiology, her strong interest in how we can contribute to the creation of a more inclusive world took her on a career journey which included being a secondary school teacher, a barrister, and the head of the Bar’s national pro bono charity, working with everyone from homeless litigants to the Lord Chief Justice.

During this time Alice came across two life-changing pieces of understanding. The first was psychotherapy, which inspired a deep learning journey. The second was Nonviolent Communication (NVC), which led her to become a Certified Trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication. Following this she developed a model of partnership parenting, and for a decade helped hundreds of fellow parents to create thriving relationships with their children by teaching them how to shout less and laugh more. This became the springboard for her creation of the Needs Understanding model, which brings a partnership approach into all spheres of life.

Alice shares Needs Understanding globally with individuals and organizations.