Ursula is passionate about focusing on physical and mental health using a non-diet approach and without emphasis on weight and body size. She uses a caring client-centered approach to hearing your concerns about eating, body image, and health. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor she’s invested in helping you discover new tools to create positive change in your life.
A Little About Ursula:
I’m a San Diego native and enjoy spending time with my family and friends. As a mom of two children, I’m constantly working on balance between juggling time with my husband and kids, work, play, household demands, and self-care. As many of you know it’s not always easy and certainly takes practice. I love being outdoors – walking, camping, off-roading, and spending time at the bay or beach.
I first became interested in understanding eating disorders while studying nutrition at San Diego State University. Since graduating in 2000, I’ve made it priority to connect with others treating eating disorders, educate the community and professionals through speaking, and stay abreast of changes in the field. I’ve learned that there’s no single best way to treat eating disorders but instead have come to use a compilation of resources, techniques, and strategies and strongly believe that a multidisciplinary team is important to support my clients.
Current Work Experience:
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist – Ursula Ridens, RD Inc., private practice
Nutrition Consultant – BrightQuest Treatment Centers and Helix Treatment Centers, residential mental health treatment programs
Outpatient Dietitian – Sharp HealthCare, Grossmont Hospital
Past Work Experience:
Nutrition Director at residential eating disorder treatment program
Clinical Dietitian – Sharp HealthCare
San Diego Eating Disorder Network of Dietitians
Past board member of San Diego Chapter, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp)
Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor – since 2015
Credentialed as Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration – since 2001
Graduate of Accredieted Dietetic Intership, San Diego State University – 2000
Bachelor of Science, Foods and Nutrition, San Diego State University, cum laude – 1999