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Welcome to Compass Recovery Coaching

Compass Recovery Coaching | Stephen Nawotniak

To really live a life filled with hope and freedom, you need to have an approach that puts your values into action while softening any discomfort you are experiencing. Compass Recovery Coaching has created a method that is both belief- and behavior-based. 

It addresses the skill set as well as the mindset.  I believe in helping people tune into their own greatness, so that they can regroup for their next leap forward.

Stephen Nawotniak, OTR/L, NYCPS, CPRP

Stephen Nawotniak

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Compass Recovery Coaching | Official You Tube Channel



My name is Stephen Nawotniak. I am an Occupational Therapist, Certified Peer Specialist and am successfully living with a bipolar condition. You will find a few playlists in this channel.


The first is called Skills, Tools, Hacks and Tricks for Successfully Living with a Bipolar Condition. In here I share techniques I have found helpful in developing a fulfilling quality of life while navigating the needs of a mental health condition.  The second is my vlog where I share thoughts, perspectives and insights around my personal journey with a bipolar condition. 


The third has intro trailers on mental health related books I have written and video courses I have created.


The fourth has book trailers from my Mom's Choice Award Winning Children's book series: Mubu the Morph.  This series is about character development and finding ones identity/purpose from within. Anyways, welcome to the channel, hit subscribe and enjoy the content. I look forward to hearing from you!




Emotional Peace:
Strategies for Mental Health & Wellness

"In August 2002, I was hospitalized for a week with a major depressive episode and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  From that point forward, I have spent my life learning how to live with my condition on the journey from hospitalized patient to licensed healthcare professional.  I have spoken nationally and internationally on occupational therapy and mental health."

Stephen Nawotniak, OTR/L, NYCPS, CPRP

Stephen Nawotniak

Available Books by Stephen Nawotniak


Relying on my experience as an occupational therapist, I focus on constructing a meaningful quality of life using life skills that are effective and important for everybody while addressing and accommodating the needs unique to bipolar disorder. I explore developing skills, modifying tasks, providing tools, modifying contexts, adapting environments, and developing task alternatives that allow me to differentiate my diagnosis from my personality. 

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So I have a bipolar condition…now what?  If you are like me, simply coping with the symptoms of the condition gets old.  Living life in the paradigm of being sick gets old.  So since we have a condition that is going to be with us for life, how do we live life without thinking we are sick all the time?


The pursuit of that question led me to the following conclusion:  It is about building life skills, not coping with symptoms that lead to a fulfilling life.

Childrens Books

Mubu the Morph (3 book series)


Mom's Choice Award Winning Children's Books

The award winning Mubu the Morph series is published by People Ink Press and a portion of all book sales goes to People Inc.  People Inc is the leading non-profit human services agency serving Western New York and the Greater Rochester region.


The Mubu the Morph series are award winning children's books on self esteem for ages 4-8.  The series consists of books for kids on character development and books for special needs children.

Blue Stairway

Compass Recovery Coaching

Helping you tune into your own greatness so you can take the

steps needed to overcome mental obstacles and live your best life

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