About Us

The Enki Centre concept

Enki represents intellect, knowledge and wisdom. Enki was the wise guardian of the tree of knowledge, which represent our centre – a place which provides specialised knowledge and coaching, with which we hope helps children, adolescents and families to develop skills for life.

At the Enki centre we value the individual, with unique needs. We use advanced scientifically based assessment techniques to establish what the barriers are to individual’s learning, communication, sport and life success. With this knowledge we work with our clients to find ways to deal with these barriers. To this end we aim to offer a wide range of services.

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 Psychologist.  She has worked for many years in a busy community health centre and as a 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 cognitive assessment and specific learning disabilities, and is involved in supervising PhD and Masters level research students as well as her own continuing research. Dr Murrihy has recently completed a Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Children and Adolescents from CBT Australia and has completed training in teaching Mindfulness curriculum. She has three children aged 14, 9 and 3.

Dr Cheree Murrihy’s professional associations include:

  • Registered member of the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APA)
  • 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)

 

Maria Bailey is a registered Psychologist.  She has worked in the school education system as a teacher, school welfare officer and psychologist.  She has also worked at the corporate level, working with the Sport & Fitness Industry and Sports Administration System, most recently working as a Tennis Australia Development Coach. Maria has a Physical Education Degree and a Masters in Psychology (Educational and Developmental) .  Maria also has completed training in teaching Mindfulness curriculum, completed her Level 2 First Aid  and has training in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).  She is currently researching the importance of motor development in children for academic success. Maria has published peer-reviewed journal articles in the area physical activity and  mental health. She is a mother of 6 children (aged 8-16).

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
  • Tennis Australia Coach Membership
  • AMAZE membership