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The relevance of the shape of alliance processes over the course of psychotherapy has already been highlighted in several process-outcome studies on very brief psychotherapy. The present study applies the shape-of-change methodology to short-term dynamic psychotherapies (STDP) and complements this method with hierarchical linear modeling (HLM). A total of 50 psychotherapies of up to 40 sessions were included. The shape-ofchange methodology yields three main patterns: stable, linear anddoi:10.1080/10503300902956742 pmid:19606388 fatcat:4q2eazqakrg63a7nd4vwpzk4h4