About Us

The Enki Centre Mission

Enki represents the wise guardian of the tree of knowledge which represent our centre. Enki Centre is committed to providing evidence based practices to young persons, families, teachers. and coaches. At the Enki centre we value the individual, with unique needs.

There will be many roadblocks throughout a person’s life. At the Enki centre we hope to develop a sincere, strong and ongoing relationship with our clients to help them navigate through that journey.

 

Dr Cheree Murrihy & Maria Bailey
Dr Cheree Murrihy & Maria Bailey

About the Directors

Dr Cheree Murrihy is a registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist.  She has worked for many years in a busy community health centre and is a trained high school mathematics teacher. She completed her Masters in Educational/Developmental Psychology from Monash University and went on to complete a PhD in Psychology, which she completed early in 2014. Her Doctoral thesis centred on cognitive assessment, developing a theoretical model that explained why some children are better readers than others. The doctoral training gave Dr Murrihy a firm grounding in cognitive (intelligence) theories and an indepth understanding of how factors like intelligence, personality, anxiety, motor co-ordination and motivation impact one another to affect learning. She is currently employed as a Lecturer at Melbourne University lecturing on psychological assessment and learning processes, and is involved in supervising research students as well as her own continuing research. Dr Murrihy has completed a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Children and Adolescents from CBT Australia and training in teaching Mindfulness curriculum. She has three children aged 18, 13 and 7.

Dr Cheree Murrihy’s professional associations include:

  • Registered member of the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Associate member of the APS college of Educational and Developmental Psychologists
  • Allied Professional Member of the Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA)
  • Member of Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA)
  • AMAZE member

 Maria Bailey is a registered Psychologist.  She currently works part-time as a school psychologist.  She has worked in the school education system as a teacher, and school welfare officer.  In her youth she was a professional tennis player.  She has worked in the  Sport & Fitness Industry and Sports Administration System, and a  Tennis Australia Development Coach. Maria has a Physical Education Degree and a Masters in Psychology (Educational and Developmental) .  Maria has completed professional development in Applied Weight Management Psychology.  Cheree and Maria have recently published in a peer reviewed journal about the relationship between gross motor skills, working memory and learning. Maria has published peer-reviewed journal articles in the area physical activity and  mental health. She is a mother of 6 children (aged 11-19).

Maria Bailey’s professional associations include:

  • Registered member of the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Allied Professional Member of the Australian Dyslexia Association (ADA)
  • Member of Learning Difficulties Australia (LDA)
  • Victoria Institute of Teaching
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS)
  • Tennis Australia Coach Membership
  • AMAZE membership