About Ursula

Ursula RidensUrsula 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 Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (CEDRD via the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals) 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 therapeutic approaches, resources, 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, residential mental health treatment program

Outpatient Dietitian – Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Past Work Experience:

Nutrition Consultant – Helix Treatment Centers, residential mental health treatment program

Nutrition Director – Puente de Vida, residential eating disorder treatment program

Clinical Dietitian – Sharp HealthCare

Organizational Memberships:

International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp)

Past board member of San Diego Chapter, International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp)

San Diego Eating Disorder Network of Dietitians

Background:

Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian – since 2021

Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor – since 2015

Credentialed as Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Commission on Dietetic Registration – since 2001

Graduate of Accredieted Dietetic Internship, San Diego State University – 2000

Bachelor of Science, Foods and Nutrition, San Diego State University, cum laude – 1999

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